>How big is your foot print?


Ever wondered what a beach would look like without a single footprint on it? Ever seen one?

I learned a disturbing fact the other day…

If the population of China was to achieve the same standard of living that exists in the US we will need 25 planet earths to live sustainably.

The US currently has the highest footprint requiring approximately 9.5 hectares per capita to support is population. Australia comes a disappointing 8th on the list. It surprised me to know we are ahead of many developed countries like Germany, the UK and France.

Considering the complete lack of will that most people seem to have when it comes to caring about our planet things look pretty grim so next time you decided throw out that notebook after only writing on a few pages or you run the washing machine for only 3 pairs of socks and a t-shirt remember that beach and how many foot prints were on it and ask yourself, can you do better?

2 thoughts on “>How big is your foot print?

  • June 28, 2008 at 3:38 am

    >Beautifully written, Shannon. I’m impressed.

  • June 28, 2008 at 3:54 am

    >Whatever you are reading, take this into account: The “footprints” they talk about are based on the assumption of a fixed and non-creative energy generation & the notion of guarenteed entropy. Malthusianism believers are alive and as vapid and as evil as Parson Malthus himself. Human creativity is as much a part of human environment as humans ans everything else: Natural resources are not a fixed item but dependent on creative use. Coal, as an example, was once just a rock.


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