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Ecological Footprint

Corporations are composed of individuals. An increasing sensitivity of individual citizens to environmental concerns can change the political and economic climate for the whole of society. Individuals must demonstrate strong commitments to environmental ethics in their personal choices and behaviors. The concept of an ecological footprint has been developed to help individuals to gauge their personal environmental impact.

Read the ecological footprint introduction.
http://childrenandnature.ning.com/forum/topics/ecological-footprint-lab-report

1. The environmental impact imposed by our lives is a results of three different factors, as discussed in the class (I = P x A x T) (see lab manual). What have you observed about these three factors in the world in which we live? population, affluence, and technology

2. What trends can you identify about changes in these factors in the U.S. and developing countries in the last half century?

3. What changes in these factors are likely to occur in the next half century?

4. Do you agree more with 'exemptionalists' or 'ecologists' in this debate and why?

5. Do you think the concept of carrying capacity applies to humans as well as other animals? Explain whether yes or no and why.

6. Does the concept of ecological footprint developed by Wackernagel and Rees relate to the Ehrlich Equation? Explain.

7. How does your footprint compare to the average ecological footprint in the U.S.? Explain difference using comparison for all categories - carbon, food, goods and service, and housing.

12. In what ways do you expect your Ecological Footprint to change (or remain the same) during the next 10 years of your life? Why?

13. In the lab you discussed footprint of several countries. Why do you think the ecological footprint for people in Bangladesh is so small and why is it so large in the U.S. Explain your answer in details.

14. Write a summary of what you learned and reflect on the implications for our society if we persist on our present course of consumption. Using the concept of the Ehrlich Equation, identify pathways to take to make constructive changes in your society's environmental impacts and reduce its Ecological Footprint.

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1. The environmental impact imposed by our lives is a results of three different factors, as discussed in the class (I = P x A x T) (see lab manual). What have you observed about these three factors in the world in which we live? population, affluence, and technology

Population is a significant factor in the environment as the huge population increase that has occurred over the past century has significantly altered the environment around the world. Population booms are responsible for more usage of land, resources, and power thus causing more damage to the environment. This has been a serious issue in the world and has contributed to the issue of environmental damage. Affluent societies have caused more damage than those less affluent as countries such as America and other Western nations use 100 times more resources than most other countries combined. Affluent nations mixed with huge populations have significantly played a role in the damage to the environment. Technology has been both a blessing and curse for the environment because the use of computers have enabled the scientists to better understand the damage to our environment from humans' and our consumption but much of the damage from the environment comes from technology waste.

2. What trends can you identify about changes in these factors in the U.S. and developing countries in the last half century?

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