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Friday, April 22, 2005

Earth Day 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.

CATEGORY
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.

Comments:
I don't get it. My "footprint" was 18, well below the average of 24, but it said if everyone lived like me, we would need 4.5 planets. I hate to see how many planets the "24"'s would need!
 
Indeed. Thanks for sharing.
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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