The Ecological Footprint Part 1

TheEcological Footprint





TheEcological Footprint can be viewed as the area of productive land, aswell as water systems, needed in generating the resources that areconsumed by the population and assimilating the wastes produced bythe population, regardless of where the water and land are located onEarth.

Theresults of the Footprint quiz indicated that if everyone was to liveas per my lifestyle, 5.9 planet earths would be required to providethe resources. Also, the outcomes showed that, in supporting mylifestyle, it would take 26.1 global acres of the earth’s area thatis productive. One important aspect that I noted is that it ispossible for individuals to change their Ecological Footprints sothat the required productive earth area for the support of lifestylecan be mitigated. In this case, I learned that the sustainability ofthe earth’s resources depends on the lifestyle that individualchooses.

Inorder to reduce my Ecological Footprint, one of the changes that Ican make involves adopting the behavior of recycling resources. Themoment I recycle resources, I would reduce wastage and mitigate theamount of greenhouse gas I can generate from the wastes produced bynot reusing or reprocessing resources. Another adjustment I canconsider is the eating habit. Since I was consuming a lot of animalproducts food, I can minimize the frequency of their intake, and thiswould reduce my Ecological Footprint. Another area that requireslifestyle modification is the manner in which I use resources. SinceI was producing a lot of waste, I can control the levels of wastage.In addition, a focus on energy is required. In this area, I canchange the energy that I use such that most of it is from renewablesources. Furthermore, since the amount of energy I used was huge, Ican find ways of reducing it for example, I can use machines that donot consume a lot of power.

Consideringthe above changes, if everybody lived as per my lifestyle, 3.8 planetearths would be required in sustaining the population. This impliesthat the resources provided by the productive planet earth are notenough to serve the population. From the results, it can be concludedthat the consumption rate is exceedingly high however, individualscannot continue consuming at the current rate because thesustainability of the present, as well as the future generation,would be affected. According to the sustainability concept, there isa need to use resources efficiently in order to ensure that they arein a position to support the current and the future population.However, in this case, since the rate of consumption is exceedinglyhigh, the resources cannot be capable of sustaining the present andfuture generation. If nothing were done, resource in planet earthwould become depleted and there would be no continuity of life.

Oneof the most important changes that I would propose to others in orderto reduce their Footprints would entail going green. In their supportto going green, people would consider using clean sources of energysuch as solar and the wind that would mitigate the levels of carbonemitted to the environment. Apart from using the clean sources,individuals would also conserve energy by ensuring that theappliances and machines that they utilize have the capacity to savepower. Alternatively, people would consider using public means oftransport for commuting instead of private vehicles. Furthermore, Iwould suggest that people should change their eating habits, wherethey would eat more of agricultural products rather than processedfoods.

Thereis a strong relationship between the level of consumption and theFootprint. A high consumption echelon translates to a high ecologicalFootprint while the converse is true. People should be mindful oftheir consumption levels because as their consumption levels reduce,their ecological Footprint reduces too, and as their consumptionlevels increase, their Footprint would go up. This is significant asit helps in establishing the level of consumption that would supportsustainability in planet earth.

Thetwo most vital categories of the Ecological Footprint are the demandand supply of resources. This is because the population demandscertain resources in an attempt to fulfill to their pressing needs.Alternatively, in order to quench their demands, there is a need tohave another side that supplies them with the resources. Since thetwo categories have an impact on the environment, there is a need toadjust them to mitigate their influence to the atmosphere. Theadjustment that I would make to the two sides entails finding waysthat would reduce the demand side so that the resources would not bedepleted.

Throughthe assignment process, I have learned that the lifestyle that peoplehave determines their Ecological Footprint. Besides, consumptionlevel is exceedingly crucial in influencing the Footprint, whichimplies that individuals have to mind about their eating habits.Furthermore, I learned that it is important for people to seekalternatives that would help in mitigating their Footprints so as tofacilitate sustainability.


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