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what's your ecological footprint?

January 26th, 2007 at 05:15 pm

I stumbled across this site recently:

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After answering several questions, it tells you how much your lifestyle is affecting our earth - your ecological footprint.

My score is 12. What's yours?

I feel good about it in that my footprint is half the average American's...but if everyone lived like me, we'd still need 2.7 plants. Food for thought.

* If you're getting some weird site when you click on this link (like I am), copy and paste into your web browser to get to the right page.

11 Responses to “what's your ecological footprint?”

  1. mjrube94 Says:

    Wow, mine is a 29...great food for thought.

  2. monkeymama Says:


    Actually, I Would be curious to see a much more in-depth quiz. IT assumed so many acres on goods/services, lord knows why - didn't ask about that and we do not consume much at all compared to the average AMerican (though probably much more than other countries, etc.).

    We have a big house, but energy efficiency and don't generate much waste. The food category did us in - something to think about. Buy more locally, that cuts down on transportation and smog, stuff you don't always think about.

  3. tinapbeana Says:

    mine was 18, which bothered me, so i re-took it for comparison.

    500 sf house with 5 people, no water, no electric, only transport walking/biking/animal, all unprocessed locally grown food with dairy/eggs every day and occasional meat. i thought this would be pretty representative of an undeveloped village with a few cows and some chickens. what was that footprint? 3. the site says there are 4.5 productive acres per person, so even at that meager level i'm almost at my limit.

    i question this because i don't think it is realistic that we have to live in 'undeveloped' conditions in order to have a neutral, or even positive, environmental impact. i like the intent of the quiz, and for the uninformed it might be a big eye opener, but i think for those that are making an effort it makes my actions feel almost meaningless...

  4. kashi Says:

    I agree, I would like to see a more in-depth quiz. I wash plastic baggies, doesn't that count for something? Wink

    Tina, I did the same thing and came up with a footprint of 3 as well. I don't want to dissuade people from taking this quiz; I feel it gives everyone something to think about, even those who make an effort to be environmentally conscious. I don't think your actions are meaningless. With so many people on this planet, it's hard not to make some sort of impact, no matter how conscious of it you are.

    Personally, I took the quiz again, and if I became vegan, my score would drop one point. That's pretty significant in my eyes.

    Also - there's a FAQ section of the site here:
    They provide a more in-depth Excel spreadsheet there, too.

  5. fairy74 Says:

    I get a weird California freebies site whether I go from you link or type it in myself... weird? Sounds like an interesting quiz...

  6. living_in_oz Says:

    Dang! 22...not too goodFrown

  7. DivaJen Says:

    14. Room for improvement for me, particularly considering how far my food travels.
    DH's would be lower, since he almost never drives to work.

  8. kashi Says:

    fairy74, I'm getting that stupid site too. Try clearing your cookies, and cut and paste the site address.

    The food thing gets me because most of it travels over 200 miles to get here (and, yes, I eat too much processed food).

  9. Tightwad Kitty Says:

    How do they score it as I got 7.5?

  10. baselle Says:

    10, low mostly because I bus and walk, but I eat a fair amount of meat, dairy and fish. It looks like most of the scoring is based on straight energy consumption. Nothing about water consumption which would be a strike against washing baggies. Smile

  11. debtfreeme Says:

    i was a 16. i could do better about what i eat, but i try and get stuff from the co op downtown or trader joes. eat local produce. my hard part is that i drive 25 miles for classes three days a week. this adds up. in the summer my foot print should be around 11-12 based on this test.

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