I hate posting things for “Earth Day” because everyday should be earth day, but what an eye opener this was.
I thought I was doing well, but I am not doing near enough.
This site called: Ecological Footprint takes you through a survey (and with tons of helpful links on why they’re asking you certain questions) to determine how many Earths you’d need if everyone lived like you did.
You don’t have to take it in English either, it’s also in French and a few other languages.
It almost makes me want to have a home so I can implement changes like a greywater recycling system, or being able to grow a full garden.
As for food, I do find myself moving more towards vegetarian/vegan meals, so that’s a big improvement over all the meat I used to eat even 3 years ago.
I can’t beat myself up over this, but it makes me want to buckle and try harder to make the right choices all the time.
Thanks to Cassie for the link!
UPDATE: We re-took the test under the insistence of BF and got this new result:
But as I read the questions carefully, we realized a couple of things:
- We couldn’t truthfully answer the furniture question because we only own a table, 2 chairs and a futon. :\
- We live in hotels and cannot control low-flow toilets being installed and such
- Living in hotels/downtown lets us walk a lot more than normal
- I own a car, but in 3 years I’ve driven it about 8000 km in total which is a little over 2666 km a year
- We don’t go to farmer’s markets as we’d have to drive to get there
- We eat vegetarian 2-3 times a week, but not a “healthy” omnivore mix like we used to