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How to reduce our ecological footprint

by Ana Mihajloska on 13th August, 2013 at 8:55 PM CEST

“The ecological footprint is the impact of human activities measured in terms of the area of biologically productive land and water required to produce the goods consumed and to assimilate the wastes generated. The ecological footprint is a measure of sustainability and one can regard it in terms of how much one nation can consume in contrast to how much it actually has.”

Each one of us has an ecological footprint. What we should bear in mind is that change has to start from somewhere, and unless we start being more aware of our own ecological footprint and do something about it, we cannot expect someone else to do that for us.

Consequently, if we continue living in the same dynamic way we have lived until now, we will succeed the Earth’s power of regeneration and thus in a few decades we will need 5 planet Earths in order to survive. However, that is not possible. So what can we do?

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The most important thing is to raise awareness about the issue, starting from ourselves, and spreading the info to our closest ones. You will have a bigger influence on them than anyone or anything. For example, if you start recycling and tell your family why you are doing that, it is most probable that they will start recycling too, and spread to news to the neighbors and other family members. It’s a small and simple step to begin with, but yet, if word continues to spread, it can make a big difference and contribute a lot to the major deal.

So, recycling is one way of reducing our own ecological footprint. Another way is to walk more and avoid using the car when the distance from one place to another is not that big. Even more fun and healthy way is riding a bike. It is economical and eco-friendly, plus, it contributes to one’s physical well-being. Also, public transportation is yet another way of reducing the overall footprint.

If you want to calculate your ecological footprint, you can do that here:

http://myfootprint.org/en/visi tor_information/

Then, saving energy is a very important factor as well, and only by switching off the lights and other electronic devices at your house when it is not necessary for them to be on will contribute a lot towards reducing your ecological footprint.

You can also save energy by taking shorter showers, as opposed to spending a lot of time in the shower and thus being oblivious of the energy it took for the water to be heated in the first place.

These are only a few simple ways in which we can reduce our own ecological footprint and strive towards a sustainable future. More tips on reducing the footprint can be found on this site:

http://www.myfootprint.org/en/ take_action/reduce_your_footpr int/

To conclude, if we show our enthusiasm that things CAN be changed and change has to start from ourselves, we may as well have a brighter and more sustainable future ahead.

 

So, what are you waiting for? Spread the word!

Ana Mihajloska, Action Writers Team #11

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Muhammad Ali Ali

Muhammad Ali Ali

amazing......................

16th August, 2013 @ 9:06 AM CEST

Muhammad Ali Ali

Muhammad Ali Ali

very imprssive writing.........

16th August, 2013 @ 9:08 AM CEST

pacifique ndayishimiye

pacifique ndayishimiye

I like the idea

1st October, 2013 @ 11:54 AM CEST

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