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  • 3. The way we use the earth’s resources has contributed to the social, cultural, economic, and environmental problems of the world today.
  • 4. . However, our everyday decisions can be a big part of the solution if we adopt more environmentally sustainable lifestyles.
  • 5. What do we mean by sustainable living ?
  • 6. Living sustainably means living in a way that minimizes our negative impact on the planet and its resources to ensure equitable availability of resources for all around the world.
  • 7. Sustainable living involves exercising more care in our use of the earth’s finite resources.
  • 8. We humans have a huge impact on the environment by the choices we make in our daily living.
  • 9. The food we eat the products we use, the way we dispose of them our buying habits … All have real impact on the health of our planet and its people.
  • 10. involves meeting our needs without depleting the environmental, economic, and social resources that future generations will need.
  • 11. We have the choice to make the world more or less sustainable by the way we live.
  • 12. A sustainable lifestyle should not leave a big negative impact or “footprint” behind.
  • 13. Ecological Footprint Quiz www.myfootprint.org
  • 14.
    • Always (1)
    • Usually (2)
    • Sometimes (3)
    • Occasionally (4)
    • Never (5)
  • 15.
    • 1. Do you take a shower or use a pail instead of soaking yourself in a bathtub?
    • 2. Do you turn off the water while brushing your teeth?
    • 3. Do you save rain water for gardening or other purposes?
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    • 4. Do you recycle your newspapers and magazines?
    • 5. Do you recycle your aluminum and/or steel cans?
    • 6. Do you compost your kitchen and/or yard waste?
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    • 7. Do you walk, ride your bicycle, take public transportation or a car pool to school and/or to activities?
    • 8. Do walk, ride your bicycle, take public transportation or a car pool to church and other religious activities?
    • 9. Do you walk, ride your bicycle, take public transportation or in a car pool for entertainment, shopping and recreation purposes?
  • 18.
    • 10. Do you use compact fluorescent light bulbs at home?
    • 11. Do you use electric fans to cool your homes?
    • 12. Do you and/or family turn off lights, computers, and TVs when you are not using them?
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    • 13. Do you take food for meals in re-usable containers instead of throw-aways?
    • 14. Do you grow fresh vegetables in a garden?
    • 15. Do you eat fresh meat, vegetables, and fruits instead of “microwave-ready” meals?
  • 20.
    • 16. Do you purchase items made of recycled materials or with recycled packaging?
    • 17. Do you buy only what you really need?
    • 18. Do you give unwanted clothes and toys to someone who needs them?
  • 21.
    • Add your scores per section (there are six sections)
    • Add the six sub-totals for your total score.
  • 22.
    • Look at your score and see how big an eco-footprint you have:
    • 18-31 You are a model of how we should all live. Keep up the good work!
    • 32-55 You are quickly on the road to eco-friendly living.
    • 56-69 You are average like most people in the world.
    • 70-80 Your consumption habits are wasteful. There are surely changes you can make. Start small and don’t give up.
    • 81-90 If everyone lived this way, we would need at least FIVE (5) Earths to provide the necessary resources
  • 23.
    • An ecological footprint
    • Is an indicator of environmental sustainability, a way to connect our behaviors with the impacts they have on our environment
    • takes into account such things as energy use,
    • water use, food sources, transportation, etc
    • calculates how much “nature” is consumed from your everyday life choices and if planet can sustain this lifestyle
  • 24. Questions
    • How big is your ecological footprint?
    • How did you feel about the result of the quiz?
    • What does your footprint say about your lifestyle?
    • In what areas (food, energy consumption, buying habit) of your life are you living in a non-sustainable way?
    • In a scale of 1 to 5, how willing are you to change your current lifestyle?
    • Which areas do you find most difficult to change? Why?
  • 25. If everyone in the world were to live the way most people In the world live, it would take 5 planet earths to support human life.
  • 26. Since we only have one home, our Earth, it is important to learn to “ step lightly” on the earth.
  • 27.
    • Review your eco-footprint results.
    • What 5 sustainable lifestyle practices can you
    • adopt in the following areas to reduce your
    • eco-footprint on earth:
    • Food
    • Energy
    • Water
    • Buying habits
    • Garbage
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  • 28. What are some ways your school can minimize its impact on the environment? How can you, as a student, contribute to this?
  • 29. We all tread on the world, pressing down on it by the way we live. Some of us tread on the world heavily and leave a large footprint. Let us all step lightly on the earth If we really care for the next generation.
  • 30. Thank You!