What’s your ecological footprint?


Did you know you can measure your ecological footprint? Simply complete WWF’s ecological footprint calculator.

It’s super quick and easy, and kind of depressing too.

Apparently I need four and a half planet Earths to support my lifestyle (if everyone in the world lived the same way I do). And I have solar panels, so I thought I was already doing good! Apparently not.

Luckily, besides giving me a pretty shoddy score, WWF also linked me to me some tips to help reduce my big fat footprint:

  • Everyone knows that you don’t make friends with salad, but apparently reducing meat consumption massively reduces your ecological footprint. That’s because it takes waaaay more land to produce meat than it does to produce grain. Oh, and fun fact: cows fart a lot—not good for CO2 emissions.
  • Reduce your waste. Take a look at just how much waste you produce, even just over the course of a day. Can you cut some of that back?
  • Cut back on your vehicle usage. Can you take public transport somewhere, carpool or ride your bike?

Earth Overshoot Day refers to the date when our needs for the Earth’s resources in a given year overshoot what the Earth can actually provide in that year. Currently, it’s 1 August 2018. Yep, this year. That’s pretty scary. By reducing our ecological footprint, we’re helping move that date back.

If you’re after some inspo, check out the steps people around the world are doing to #MoveTheDate of Earth Overshoot Day. Griffith’s committed to sustainability too, and you can read about what Griffith University is doing here.

What’s you ecological footprint and are you doing anything to reduce it? Let us know in the comments!