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Miss D. Dr. O Year 8 Society and Environment
What does sustainability mean? ‘Sustainability’ means living within the limits of what the environment can provide. It’s about taking what we need to live now, without jeopardising the potential for people in the future to meet their needs.
Living Sustainably Examples of things people do to live sustainably include the following: - reduce the use of physical resources (eg. water and energy) - recycle - increase the use of renewable resources (eg. solar power)
What is an Ecological Footprint? Humanity needs what nature provides, but how do we know how much we’re using and how much we have to use? The Ecological Footprint measures 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.
The Ecological Footprint MEASURES how fast we consume resources and generate waste Food and fibreSeafoodEnergySettlementTimber and paper COMPARED TO how fast nature can absorb our waste and generate new resources FisheriesCropland and pastureForestBuilt-up landCarbon footprint
Did you know? It now takes the Earth one year and five months to regenerate what we use in a year! Take action... If we live in a sustainable way, we can combat the threat to human well-being and the health of the planet.
How to calculate your ecological footprint? Ecological footprint calculators are tools designed to help people calculate their own environmental impact. There are many different ecological footprint calculators freely available on the internet. Some ecological footprint calculators can be quite complex and take a long time to use, whereas some ask simple questions about your everyday life and can take just 10 minutes.
Why calculate your ecological footprint? Through calculating our ecological footprint, we are forced to consider the impact of our lifestyle has on the earth. After calculating your ecological footprint, you should take time to consider what you can do to tread more lightly on the earth.
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