0863126 Humanity’s Identity on Earth


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This integrated media series is about my interest in humanity’s ecological footprint; a measurement of society’s demand on the environment and an approach to sustainability. It is a balancing act of resource consumption and waste discharge, every action taken towards using nature’s resources has an impact on Earth’s ecosystems, however is society playing fairly, or are they misplacing the value of nature in the act of mass consumption?

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0863126 Humanity’s Identity on Earth

  1. 1. Humanity’s Identity on Earth www.oaklandmagazine.com
  2. 2. Every action taken towards using nature’s resources has an impact on Earth’s ecosystems <ul><li>Currently in society the yielding of resources and waste generation are depleting the environment at a rate faster than it can regenerate². </li></ul><ul><li>In order to live in a sustainable world, it is essential for humanity to use nature’s processes at a rate that does not exceed the rate for renewal and that we acquit wastes at a rate no quicker than the rate for absorption². To convey the message of sustainability to the general public a concept or measurement tool was introduced by Dr. William Rees, the Ecological Footprint. </li></ul>
  3. 3. www.scarp.ubc.ca http://www.bookrags.com
  4. 4. What is an Ecological Footprint? <ul><li>An Ecological Footprint measures the total area of productive land and water used to maintain levels of resource and waste acquit². It reports for all our activities such as recreational and agricultural to the goods in which we consume such as food and timber². </li></ul><ul><li>According to the Canadian Living Planet Report 2007, humanity has been exceeding Earth’s biocapacity since the 1980s therefore the rate of consumption and discharge of waste is accelerating at a rate faster than nature can convert waste into resource¹. </li></ul>www.blog.lib.umn.edu
  5. 5. Did you know? <ul><li>Canada marks itself as the fourth highest ecological foot printer in the world, mainly because of the voracious use of its substantial oil and gas ¹. If Canada continues to embark on this path, it will eventually lose the biological productivity in which humanity depends upon. </li></ul>www.commons.wikimedia.org
  6. 6. The graph shows the percentage of consumption within the above components for the average citizen living in Toronto, Ontario. According to the Environmental Impact Assessment & Policy Development Office of the City of Toronto, the average Ecological Footprint for Toronto Ontario is 5.30 hectares. All data was received at http://canadianarchitect.com Toronto, Ontario
  7. 7. Demand World Biocapacity Ecological Footprint (number of planet Earths) This graph shows how humanity has moved from using half of Earth’s biocapacity in 1961 to over 1.25 times the biocapacity of the Earth in 2003. The global shortage of 0.25 Earths is equal to the globe’s ecological overshoot. All data received from http://www.footprintnetwork.org .
  8. 8. www.youropenbook.com
  9. 9. An approach to Sustainability <ul><li>Canadians need to address issues around the components of housing, food, transportation and goods¹. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider smaller housing, the demand for bigger homes calls for more materials and energy to be consumed, eat less packaged food since processing is energy expensive and replace travelling by car with walking, bicycling or public transportation. </li></ul>With expanding technology and changing fashions it is important to consider humanity’s ‘needs’ versus ‘wants’, the thrill of having ‘new things’ accounts to the growing volume of resources that are depleting the environment and increasing the Ecological Footprint. www.global-greenhouse-warming.com
  10. 10. References <ul><li>Text Citations </li></ul><ul><li>¹McRae, L., Loh, J., Collen, B., Holbrook, S., Amin, R., Latham, J., Tranquilli, S. and Baillie, J. (2007) Living Planet Index. Canadian Living Planet Report 2007 ( ed. By S. Mitchell and A. Peller), WWF-Canada, Toronto, Canada. Retrieved September 16, 2008, from http://www.wwf.ca </li></ul><ul><li>²Wackernagel, M. (1995). Ecological Footprint; Reducing Human Impact on Earth. In (R. William, Ed.). New Society Publishers: Phil Testemale. Retrieved September 17, 2008, from http://books.google.ca   </li></ul><ul><li>Image Citations </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.oaklandmagazine.com/media/Oakland-Magazine/June-2007/Green </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.scarp.ubc.ca/faculty%20profiles/rees.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bookrags.com/Ecological_footprint </li></ul><ul><li>http://blog.lib.umn.edu/tupp0008/environment/2008/02 </li></ul><ul><li>http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Globe.svg </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youropenbook.com/growing.php?p=2 </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.global-greenhouse-warming.com/global-warming-and-sustainability.html </li></ul><ul><li>Chart statistics citations </li></ul><ul><li>http://canadianarchitect.com/asf/perspectives_sustainibility </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.footprintnetwork.org/gfn_sub.php?content=global_footprint </li></ul>