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    On my TARDIScycle! KingTermite's Avatar
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    What is your ecological footprint?

    It might surprise you? Mine did.....I was actually higher than US average which really surprised me as I work to lower it.

    Mine:
    CATEGORY---ACRES
    FOOD---4.2
    MOBILITY---1
    SHELTER ---12.4
    GOODS/SERVICES---9.1
    TOTAL FOOTPRINT---27



    IN COMPARISON, THE AVERAGE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT IN YOUR COUNTRY IS 24 ACRES PER PERSON.
    WORLDWIDE, THERE EXIST 4.5 BIOLOGICALLY PRODUCTIVE ACRES PER PERSON.


    IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 6 PLANETS.


    I'm thinking it was living in a house by myself instead of apartment or condo that killed me. Look at that "shelter" score.


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    Damn, only 20. I have to start working on this. I was hoping to score at least as high as Al Gore.

    I have kids and short commute, so that probably brings down score.
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    I would need 9 planets? Riiight.

    Must be because I live by myself and fly a bit.
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    On my TARDIScycle! KingTermite's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress
    I would need 9 planets? Riiight.

    Must be because I live by myself and fly a bit.
    No...it says if EVERYBODY (all 6 billion on the earth) lived like you, we would need 9 planets.
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    I've done this before. I usually come in pretty low. My score is only elevated due to the amount of meat I eat.

    Lets see how i score this year
    CATEGORY GLOBAL HECTARES

    FOOD 2.8

    MOBILITY 0.5

    SHELTER 2.4

    GOODS/SERVICES 2.2

    TOTAL FOOTPRINT 7.9



    IN COMPARISON, THE AVERAGE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT IN YOUR COUNTRY IS 8.8 GLOBAL HECTARES PER PERSON.

    WORLDWIDE, THERE EXIST 1.8 BIOLOGICALLY PRODUCTIVE GLOBAL HECTARES PER PERSON.


    Not to shabby. I think the best I have scored was 4...maybe 5

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite
    No...it says if EVERYBODY (all 6 billion on the earth) lived like you, we would need 9 planets.

    Yeah. If there were 6 billion me's.


    I'm pretty sure I have a score of 44 because I live by myself. I drive my car once every two weeks or so, and that's just to get groceries.
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    Category Acres

    Food 2.2

    Mobility 0.7

    Shelter 2.2

    Goods/services 2

    Total Footprint 7



    In Comparison, The Average Ecological Footprint In Your Country Is 24 Acres Per Person.

    Worldwide, There Exist 4.5 Biologically Productive Acres Per Person.


    IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 1.6 PLANETS
    Would you like a dream with that?

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    If Everyone Lived Like You, We Would Need 1.9 Planets.

    gogo tiny nyc apartment!
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    Category Global Acres
    Food 4.2
    Mobility 0.2
    Shelter 4.2
    Goods/services 3
    Total Footprint 12

    In Comparison, The Average Ecological Footprint In Your Country Is 24 Global Acres Per Person. Worldwide, There Exists 4.5 Biologically Productive Global Acres Per Person. If Everyone Lived Like You, We Would Need 2.6 Planets.



    It's the meat eating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donnamb
    Category Global Acres
    Food 4.2
    Mobility 0.2
    Shelter 4.2
    Goods/services 3
    Total Footprint 12

    In Comparison, The Average Ecological Footprint In Your Country Is 24 Global Acres Per Person. Worldwide, There Exists 4.5 Biologically Productive Global Acres Per Person. If Everyone Lived Like You, We Would Need 2.6 Planets.



    It's the meat eating.
    Also, your shelter could be overstated since you have a roomate.
    Would you like a dream with that?

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    OK, now I feel guilty again.

    CATEGORY GLOBAL HECTARES

    FOOD 2.6
    MOBILITY 1.5
    SHELTER 1.7
    GOODS/SERVICES 2.5

    TOTAL FOOTPRINT 8.3

    IN COMPARISON, THE AVERAGE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT IN YOUR COUNTRY IS 8.8 GLOBAL HECTARES PER PERSON.

    WORLDWIDE, THERE EXIST 1.8 BIOLOGICALLY PRODUCTIVE GLOBAL HECTARES PER PERSON.

    IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 4.6 PLANETS.

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    So I have the highest footprint so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by georgiaboy
    Also, your shelter could be overstated since you have a roomate.
    I have 2 roomates, but an unusually large apartment. It has a garage for all our bikes.
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    7. 1.7 planets it says. My car seems to have thrown it off.
    Bring back the Sig Test!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress
    So I have the highest footprint so far.
    Makes sense, considering where you live.
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    - came up with 15, but as previously mentioned, the skew is towards herbivores...

    - was the site PETA-sponsored?

    :-)

    (munching on a kümmelweck [beef-on-weck] right now)

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    Food - 4.4
    Mobility - 0.2
    Shelter - 3.2
    Goods/services - 2.5
    Total Footprint - 10

    If Everyone Lived Like You, We Would Need 2.3 Planets.
    Yeah, well, maybe if we had fewer damn people, they could all live like me on one planet, you stupid website!

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    Quote Originally Posted by linux_author
    - came up with 15, but as previously mentioned, the skew is towards herbivores...

    - was the site PETA-sponsored?

    :-)

    (munching on a kümmelweck [beef-on-weck] right now)
    Hey, I was a vegetarian for 7 years, began to eat meat again, and I'll never go back. I feel much better eating it 2-3 times a week. That said, I know very well being an omnivore has a larger eco footprint. Nothing political or skewed - it's just common sense.

    I do wonder if hunting your own meat has a smaller footprint - assuming you're not using up lots of fossil fuel getting to where you hunt. I also wonder if there's any change in footprint size when you eat organic, locally-raised meat. With the exception of Australian lamb, almost all of my non-seafood meat is from local (within Cascadia region) sources.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Weldman
    My hometown is PETA's hometown too. I know and admire many vegans. But I freaking love red meat.
    I do too. I eat meat and eggs, but almost no dairy. Honestly, if most Americans would just not eat so dang much meat, we'd be using far less resources all the way around.
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    Er... 20. Guess I can climb down off my self-righteous high horse now.

    I think I should get some credit for being a freight biker. (90% of the deliveries I make would be done by cars if I didn't do them).

    I'm part of the problem and not part of the solution. I need to make some changes. Maybe sire a bunch of kids to share my living space . I can cut down on meat and processed food. I'm car-free but I do ride in a car once a week, five to ten miles. I will bike that trip more often.

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    CATEGORY GLOBAL HECTARES
    FOOD 2.8
    MOBILITY 0.2
    SHELTER 1.1
    GOODS/SERVICES 1
    TOTAL FOOTPRINT 5.1

    Not too bad, although I expected it to be a lot higher than it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress
    So I have the highest footprint so far.
    Eh, of those who chose to share their results.

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    Relatively speaking, not too bad!




    CATEGORY ACRES
    FOOD 4.2
    MOBILITY 0.2
    SHELTER 3.7
    GOODS/SERVICES 2.7
    TOTAL FOOTPRINT 11



    IN COMPARISON, THE AVERAGE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT IN YOUR COUNTRY IS 24 ACRES PER PERSON.

    WORLDWIDE, THERE EXIST 4.5 BIOLOGICALLY PRODUCTIVE ACRES PER PERSON.



    IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 2.4 PLANETS.

    This is for a 2 person household, by the way
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress
    Yeah. If there were 6 billion me's.


    I'm pretty sure I have a score of 44 because I live by myself. I drive my car once every two weeks or so, and that's just to get groceries.
    Yes, if there were 6 billion (God help us) Cypresses.

    And I'm in same boat as you.....living by myself is what killed my score. On top of that, living by myself in a house and not an apartment/condo.

    Quote Originally Posted by linux_author
    - came up with 15, but as previously mentioned, the skew is towards herbivores...
    Yes, and for good reason. I heard about this website on an environmental interview segment on the radio this morning. One thing the guest mentioned was that its reported that meat production (I'm not sure if that was only meat, or all animal by products, like dairy and such too) were responsible for about 20% of emissions killing the ozone.
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    - it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.

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