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  • 1. Eco-Friendly Environmental Preservation Course
  • 2. What is your Ecological Footprint?
    • Ecological footprints include the amount of area needed to provide food, fiber, and materials as well as the amount of area needed to absorb wastes such as trash, CO2, and sewage.
      • It is a measure of each person's or population's total impact on the environment, and it is more than just the area required to provide energy.
    • So what is YOUR Ecological Footprint?
    • www.myfootprint.org
    • How many “earths” would we need
    • if everyone lived like you?
  • 3. World View
  • 4. “ I am entitled, I worked hard for my way of living!!”
    • If everyone had this attitude then, would this EARTH be enough to sustain the current world population????
    • WHY shouldn’t we have this attitude?
    • Individuals with this attitude are partially correct with this type of attitude, because it is still possible to have luxurious lifestyles and still have preserve the environment.
      • “ Reducing my Ecological Footprint, will make me life in a cave with no water or electricity!”
          • Common misconception!!!!!!!
            • There are many ways of reducing Ecological Footprints without resulting to such drastic changes.
  • 5. Essential Factors Influencing Ecological Footprints
    • Food Footprint
    • Energy Footprint
    • Transportation (Carbon) Footprint
    • Housing Footprint
    • Water Footprint
    • (Luxuries) Goods & Services Footprint
  • 6. Food Consumption
    • Eat more local, organic, in-season foods.
    • Plant a garden-it doesn't get more local than that.
    • Shop at your local farmer's market or natural foods store. Look for local, in-season foods that haven't traveled long distances to reach you.
    • Choose foods with less packaging to reduce waste.
    • Eat lower on the food chain-going meatless for just one meal a week can make a difference. Globally, it has been estimated that 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions are associated with meat consumption.
  • 7. Energy Consumption
    • Install compact fluorescent bulbs in all your home light fixtures-but remember, compact fluorescents contain mercury, so look for low-mercury models and be sure to dispose of old bulbs safely through your local hazardous waste program.
    • Weatherproof your home. Make sure your walls and ceilings are insulated, and consider double-pane windows. Eliminate drafts with caulking, weather strips, and storm windows and doors.
    • Insulate your water heater. Even better, switch to a tankless water heater, so your water will be heated only as you use it.
    • Choose energy efficient appliances.
  • 8. Energy Consumption
    • Keep thermostat relatively low in winter and ease up on the air conditioning in summer. Clean or replace dirty air conditioner filters as recommended to keep the A/C operating at peak efficiency.
    • Unplug your electronics when not in use. To make it easier, use a power strip. Even when turned off, items like your television, computer, and cell phone charger still sip power.
    • Dry your clothes outside whenever possible.
    • Make minimal use of power equipment when landscaping.
    • Defrost your refrigerator and freezer regularly.
    • Choose green electricity. Many utilities give you the option to purchase electricity generated by wind and solar power for a small rate surcharge.
    • Purchase carbon offsets to make up for the energy use you can't eliminate.
  • 9. Transportation
    • Walk, bike, or take public transit whenever possible.
    • Avoid allowing your car to idle. If you'll be waiting for more than 30 seconds, turn off the engine (except in traffic). And don't take the drive-through-park the car and walk inside instead.
    • Have your vehicle serviced regularly to keep the emission control systems operating at peak efficiency. Check your car's air filter monthly, and keep the tires adequately inflated to maximize gas mileage.
    • Avoid short airplane trips-take a bus or train instead
  • 10. Goods & Services
    • Buy less! Replace items only when you really need to.
    • Recycle all your paper, glass, aluminum, and plastic. Don't forget electronics!
    • Compost food waste for the garden. Garbage that is not contaminated with degradable (biological) waste can be more easily recycled and sorted, and doesn't produce methane gases (a significant greenhouse gas contributor) when stored in a landfill.
    • Buy recycled products, particularly those labeled "post-consumer waste."
  • 11. What can we do to improve the these conditions?
    • OVERALL WE SHOULD RECYCLE!!!
      • People are recycling more today than 10 years ago
    • We can help by keeping solid waste out of landfills by…
      • Making two side copies
        • helps to conserve paper or wood resources
      • Recycling aluminum
        • helps to conserve resources
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