Reduce your Ecological Footprint

A person’s ‘ecological footprint’ measures the amount of biologically productive land and water they need to support their levels of consumption and waste production, using current technologies. Beyond things like direct energy use, water use and waste, a person’s ecological footprint also include decisions about how they live their day to day lives.  Choices about how individuals choose to clothe, eat, travel and so on all affect their ecological footprint.

Calculate your Ecological Footprint

There are many online ‘Ecological Footprint Calculators’ that can help you measure the ecological footprint of your individual lifestyle or your household. EPA Victoria’s  Ecological Footprint Calculators  are a very good online resource and can help measure the ecological footprint of individuals, schools, retailers and events. WWF Australia’s  Ecological Footprint Calculator focuses on the ecological footprint of individuals.

Carbon footprinting focuses on the carbon emissions of our lifestyles as well as the carbon emissions related to the production and transportation of products.  ‘1 Degree’ has developed an online  Carbon Footprint Calculator  that focuses on individual carbon footprints. While water footprinting examines the inputs of water that are required to support the production of the goods and services we consume. Water Footprint is a global organisation that is developing global standards in water footprinting, and has also developed the  Water Footprint Calculator.

Make a Pledge to Reduce your Footprint

Why don’t you take a pledge to reduce your ecological footprint today?

Sign up to One Million Women.  This is a national campaign to inspire 1 million Australian women to take practical action on climate change by cutting 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse pollutant causing global warming. Every woman who joins has a personal goal to cut 1 tonne of CO2 from their daily lives within a year of joining the campaign.

Make at pledge through the Days of Change program.  This provides an online forum in which people can make public commitments to reduce their ecological footprint, and then supports them in fulfilling their commitments.   

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