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Do you know your land footprint?

How much land area does it take to support your lifestyle? Take this quiz to find out your Ecological Footprint, discover your biggest areas of resource consumption, and learn what you can do to tread more lightly on the earth.

How much land area does it take to support your lifestyle? Use these links to determine your ecological footprint, discover your biggest areas of resource consumption, and learn what you can do to tread more lightly on the Earth:

Global Footprint Network: http://www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/page/calculators/

WWF Footprint Calculator: http://wwf.panda.org/how_you_can_help/live_green/footprint_calculator/

WWF UK Footprint Calculator:http://footprint.wwf.org.uk/

Don’t speak English? Don’t worry! The footprint calculator is available in a number of other languages:

Every product comes from the land in one way or another. This consumption of land is often called “virtual land” because it is not visible in the final product, even though a lot of resources are used in the production. Project REdUSE calculated the land footprint of many products. The land footprint of one bicycle is 3.4㎡. The land footprint of 1 kg of beef is 22㎡.

How is this calculator different from a carbon footprint calculator?

Carbon calculators typically calculate the amount of carbon a person is responsible for through their daily activities (in tons).

Global Footprint Network’s Footprint calculator represents the amount of land and sea area needed to provide the resources a person needs (food, shelter, etc.), and absorb their carbon dioxide emissions. The Ecological Footprint is expressed in global hectares, or in global acres for the US calculator.

The carbon component of the Ecological Footprint can be converted to tonnes of carbon with a simple conversion factor (dividing by 2.8 x 105 global hectares, or 691,895 global acres per ton of carbon dioxide per year) for comparison to other measures. However, carbon calculators do not represent the entire Ecological Footprint of an individual and cannot be compared directly to a Footprint score.