My ecological footprint

October 4, 2017 by Joshua
in Nature

Some environmental reading led me to a web page—The Global Footprint Network—that calculates your ecological footprint from your answers to questions about how you live your life.

Go to the page and calculate yours if you want. I don’t know their assumptions or methods, so I can’t speak to its accuracy.

With neither shame nor pride, I present my results:

Global Footprint Day calculates what they call my ecological footprint from my behavior as I report it

Global Footprint Day calculates what they call my ecological footprint from my behavior as I report it

I seem to use less than many—little enough to leave plenty of nature for everyone else, though not if the population keeps growing.

When I calculate my ecological footprint including a few flights per year, which I’m not doing now but used to, it rises above 1.0 Earths per year.

I find lowering my impact improved my life, though I didn’t think it would at first. It reminds me of the John Lennon song: “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.” That is, I hope readers who want to pollute or emit less choose to.


For context, remember that for all of human history until the past few years, nobody used fossil fuels, plastic, etc. Many of them still learned to create happiness. If they could, any of us can.

Maybe we don’t need all the external things to make ourselves happy.

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2 responses on “My ecological footprint

  1. Thanks Josh for sharing your post and for the site. I took the test and scored 2.3 Earths (though I included my entire family/household). While the results didn’t hit me, the questions in the survey did and allowed me to reflect on my usage, over-usage, and conservation tactics. That was eye-opening for me.

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