Friday Tidbit: Calculate Your Footprint
I thought it would interesting to take a few minutes today and test out our footprints–our affect on the earth. There are some great resources online for seeing how you do, comparing yourself to the rest of the world, and getting tips for improving how you affect the earth.
First up is a footprint quiz from MyFootprint.org. This quiz is comprehensive, looking at many different areas to see your impact on the earth. While I scored well on a number of areas, particularly my housing impact and goods and services, my carbon footprint is not so good. I like to travel and I drive quite a bit, both of which really contribute to carbon emissions.
Click on the picture to take the quiz, and you can check out my results as well. It’s crazy to think that if everyone on earth had my lifestyle we’d need over 6 earths to sustain them. And I scored below average in a number of categories. I’m feeling good now.
I’ve talked about water use and consumption quite a bit here on UTNT. Water is used in almost everything we do in life. It’s more than just washing our hands or going to the bathroom. That’s where the Water Footprint Calculator comes in handy. Take this quick quiz (by clicking on the picture), and you’ll be well on you way to lowering your footprint.
Taking the quiz, I learned my water consumption is much lower than average. I already try to shower less, wash my clothes only when needed, and I really don’t eat a lot of meat (because I’m cheap), which is a huge contributor to water consumption.
There are a few ways that I could decrease my consumption though. First of all, I need to work on taking shorter showers. I love standing under really hot showers and always stay longer than necessary because of it. I’m also hoping to work closer to where I live next quarter, which should decrease the amount I’m driving my car.
Did you take either quiz? In what ways can you decrease your consumption and footprint?