The Ecological Footprint and Us Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of the ecological footprint's implications for consumers.
# 146449 | 1,210 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 27, 2010 in Environmental Studies (Environmental Problems)

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The paper explains how the ecological footprint calculates how much a particular individual's lifestyle exerts a toll upon the planet. The paper relates three individuals' results of this ecological footprint and focuses on the the impact consumers have on the environment. The paper discusses the importance of reducing meat consumption, reducing consumption of imported fruits and vegetables, reducing the amount of trash we create and buying fewer goods and services.

From the Paper:

"The ecological footprint is a calculation of how much a particular individual's lifestyle exerts a toll upon the planet. It calculates how many nonrenewable resources the individual uses, how an individual's food and energy consumption impacts the planet, and puts the unnaturalness of modern life into context by stating how many 'earths' an individual requires to sustain his or her lifestyle--in other words, it shows if everyone lived like the individual with a particular kind of footprint on the earth, how many earths this would require. Ecological footprint analysis can also be used to analyze a household, a nation, or an industry."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bittman, Mark. Rethinking the meat guzzler. The New York Times. January 27, 2008.March 10, 2009.

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