Friday, April 22, 2005
I'm sorry World, I didn't even know we had an "Earth Day". But, today 22nd. April is the 35th. annual Earth Day. You can read more about it here...
The only UK event I can see is a lecture in London on 27th. April about Grey Whales and Orca.
You can click here...
Much scarier, you can complete an online quizz to check your own "ecological footprint".
I did, and my pathetic results are shown below.
FOOD = 1.3 GLOBAL HECTARES
MOBILITY = 2.0 GLOBAL HECTARES
SHELTER = 1.4 GLOBAL HECTARES
GOODS/SERVICES = 1.9 GLOBAL HECTARES
TOTAL FOOTPRINT = 6.6 GLOBAL HECTARES
IN COMPARISON, THE AVERAGE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT IN YOUR COUNTRY IS 5.3 GLOBAL HECTARES PER PERSON.
WORLDWIDE, THERE EXIST 1.8 BIOLOGICALLY PRODUCTIVE GLOBAL HECTARES PER PERSON.
IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 3.7 PLANETS.
You can check it out here
What can I say, I will try harder.
I was shocked at my own score too. I guess the big swing in my averages is that I live in a western economy reliant on consumer spending and urban commuter travel; whereas a huge number of people live in relative or real poverty with little consumer spending.
Either way, it was a wake-up call for me too.
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