Who has not yet calculated their personal ecological footprint? If you have not yet done so, go to the Earth Day Footprint Quiz site http://www.earthday.net/footprint/index.asp
and spend about 15 minutes to determine how close to the norm you are.
Of course being average is none too admirable. The World Wildlife Fund issued its Living Planet Report
Oct. 23. (The news release is at
and contains a link to the actual report at the end.) One of the two indexes reported on is the Ecological Footprint for the world, which has "tripled between 1961 and 2003. This report shows that humanity's ecological footprint exceeded biocapacity by 25 per cent in 2003. In the previous Living Planet Report
2004 (based on data to 2001), this figure was 21 per cent." And the U.S. had the second highest ecological footprint.
In the better news category, the WorldChanging web site team, citing a Reuters article, reports Oct. 26 on the use of wind turbines in 80,000 single-family homes in Great Britain. http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/005162.html
We sure get a lot of wind in Southern Nevada.