Ecological Footprint term papers and essays pg.4

The term ecological footprint was coined to describe the level or amount of demand that the human population puts on the Earth and it’s ecosystems.  In other words, ecological footprints refers to the impact that we humans make on the environment around us.  Those interested in studying and evaluating the sustainability of the planet often measure and study the ecological footprint of the world’s human population, as it can be compared to the amount of resources available, and how fast these resources can be replenished.  Currently, it is estimated that the world’s natural resources can offer approximately 2.1 global hectares of land and water per each person on the planet.  Unfortunately, it is also estimated that the average individual requires 2.7 global hectares to maintain their lifestyle.  By this measurement, humanity is already set to exceed the amount of resources that the Earth has to offer, and thus the Earth can no longer continue to support the human population as it is today.   Because of this heavy impact upon the planet, and the limitations in what the planet can offer, more sustainable means of energy and gas are necessary.  Additionally, to lessen each human’s ecological footprint, fewer products (especially those that are not recyclable) need to be used.  Other terms often used to refer to the ecological footprint that humans are leaving on the planet are carbon footprint, which more specifically refers to the carbon emissions that each human is responsible for putting out in the environment.  It is thought that the human carbon footprint plays a role in global warming and the deterioration of planet Earth.