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L'ecological footprint it is an indicator calculated on the basis of how many natural resources we consume based on our daily habits in relation to the ability of our planet to regenerate them.
The calculation of their own ecological footprint it provides an indication of the sustainability of our lifestyle by allowing us to estimate "how many planets Earth" would be needed to support humanity if the entire world population had the same habits as us.
In addition, you can determine an estimate of the hectares of productive land needed to support your lifestyle.
The online calculation application that we offer below was created by the Global Footprint Network and considers various parameters including:
- arable area necessary to produce a particular food
- quantity of fuel needed to make our trips based on frequency and type
- quantity of raw materials necessary to satisfy our purchases (e.g. clothes, shoes, appliances)
- our propensity to recycle waste
- provenance of the food we eat
- consumption of electricity and gas of our family
The application, if you select Italy as a state, allows you to continue in Italian as well. You will then have to answer the various questions to get the calculation of yours ecological footprint. Good fun!
The opening image of this article is the result of mine personal ecological footprint and as you can see it is not good at all considering that we would need “2 planets Earth” to support my lifestyle.
I tried to vary some parameters to understand what the least sustainable habits were and I immediately identified in my air travel the "non-sustainability" factor with the greatest impact.
If you want to deepen the concept of Ecological Footprint, you can read the book “Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth” by Mathis Wackernagel and William Rees, the scholars who in 1996 first introduced the concept of ecological footprint.
L'ecological footprint it can also be calculated for states and to this end I propose the following map, also available on Wikipedia, in which you can see which states have an economy with a more or less negative impact on the environment.
North America and Europe would seem to be among the most polluting regions of the planet even if the map is based on data unfortunately dating back to several years ago, so surely the fastest growing countries (I think of some Asian states) will certainly have a more color today. dark.
However, we hope that the sensitivity of governments towards the need to convert the economy on the basis of sustainability may grow in the next few years also as a result of the heavy consequences we would face if we continue with the not very virtuous behaviors adopted up to now!
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