Ecological Footprint

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  • Ecological Footprint

    1. 1. Sustainable Practice 1 Ecological Footprint
    2. 2. New Zealand average <ul><li>The average ecological footprint for a New Zealander is 7.7 “global hectares” per person </li></ul><ul><li>New Zealand has moved from requiring 5.9 &quot;global hectares&quot; per person in the 2006 WWF report to an average of 7.7 global hectares ( A global hectare is a standardized hectare of land able to produce resources and absorb wastes at world average levels.) </li></ul><ul><li>Worldwide, the average ecological footprint jumped from 2.2 global hectares per person to 2.7 global hectares per person, but the world has only an average 2.1-ha available per person. </li></ul><ul><li>What is your footprint? </li></ul>
    3. 3. Footprint Basics - Overview <ul><li>Humanity needs what nature provides, but how do we know how much we’re using and how much we have to use? </li></ul><ul><li>The Ecological Footprint has emerged as the world’s premier measure of humanity’s demand on nature. It measures how much land and water area a human population requires to produce the resource it consumes and to absorb its wastes, using prevailing technology. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Ecological Footprint
    5. 5. <ul><li>Our current global situation: Since the mid 1980s, humanity has been in ecological overshoot with annual demand on resources exceeding what Earth can regenerate each year . </li></ul><ul><li>It now takes the Earth one year and four months to regenerate what we use in a year. </li></ul><ul><li>We maintain this overshoot by liquidating the Earth’s resources. Overshoot is a vastly underestimated threat to human well-being and the health of the planet, and one that is not adequately addressed. </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>By measuring the Footprint of a population—an individual , city , business , nation , or all of humanity —we can assess our pressure on the planet, which helps us manage our ecological assets more wisely and take personal and collective action in support of a world where humanity lives within the Earth’s bounds. </li></ul><ul><li>Conceived in 1990 by Mathis Wackernagel and William Rees at the University of British Columbia, the Ecological Footprint is now in wide use by scientists, businesses, governments, agencies, individuals, and institutions working to monitor ecological resource use and advance sustainable development. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Calculate your footprint! <ul><li>There are two options for calculating your footprint. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose one of the following: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.wastedtv.co.nz/index.cfm?&action=calculator </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.earthday.net/footprint/index.html </li></ul><ul><li>Record the results – I think you can email them to yourself – in order to share these in class next time you meet. </li></ul>

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