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2 Definition: the study of the impact of humans on the environment The decisions and actions of all people in the world affect our environment

3 Definition: the area of land and ocean required to support your consumption of food, goods, services, housing, and energy and assimilate your wastes.

4 There are only global hectares available per person on a renewable basis. This means we are overshooting the Earth's biological capacity by nearly 50%. To sustain present levels of consumption, we would need: Your Eco footprint is expressed in "global hectares" (gha) or "global acres" (ga). There are only global hectares available per person on a renewable basis. This means we are overshooting the Earth's biological capacity by nearly 50%. To sustain present levels of consumption, we would need:

5 Why is your eco footprint so high when the average for the entire human population is so low?

6 Have higher average incomes Slower population growth Diverse industrial economies Stronger social support systems Examples US, Canada, Japan, Western European countries

7 Lower average incomes Simple & agriculture-based economies Rapid population growth Examples Indonesia, Ethiopia, India,

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