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ecological literacy

Ecological footprints

By Jeanne Brown on October 27, 2006 3:33 PM | Permalink
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 http://www.worldwildlife.org/news/displayPR.cfm?prID=322 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.