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5 February, 2004

Ecological footprint

There's no way I could be described as a Green Party supporter, but I cycle rather than drive, recycle as much as the council will accept, and minimise my use of resources, so I was interested to find that the rough measure of my ecological footprint (the area of productive land and water required to support what I use and what I discard) is 2.7ha:

"Global hectares Food 1.3 Mobility 0.2 Shelter 0.7 Goods/Services 0.5 Total Footprint 2.7

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 1.5 planets."

Not too bad, for the UK. The majority of that amount is due to the fact that I eat meat and dairy products pretty much daily, and that I buy packaged products, not necessarily produced locally, from supermarkets. To be fair, I am very aware of packaging, buy less packaged products than most, and recycle a large proportion of that packaging, so a simple division into 'buy packaged goods/don't buy packaged goods' is a little crude.

Incidentally, answering the questions in exactly the same way, but claiming to live in the USA, my footprint expanded to 11ha.

Also incidentally, my offering that link doesn't mean I support the parent organisation or recommend reading the rest of their website.

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