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    Cyburbian Wannaplan?'s avatar
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    How Much of a Space Hog Are You? A Global Comparison

    At the Ecological Footprint Quiz, I learned that my total footprint is 30 acres. By comparison, the average ecological footprint in the US is 24 acres per person. Worldwide, there exist 4.5 biologically productive acres per person. If everyone lived like me, we would need 6.7 planets. I am such a space hog. Please excuse me.

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    41 acres and 9.2 Planets

    Lack of public Transportation I bet!
    It is all a matter of perspective!!!

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    CATEGORY GLOBAL HECTARES
    FOOD 2.2
    MOBILITY 0.5
    SHELTER 0.5
    GOODS/SERVICES 0.8
    TOTAL FOOTPRINT 4(hectares)

    IN COMPARISON, THE AVERAGE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT IN YOUR COUNTRY IS 8.8 GLOBAL HECTARES PER PERSON.

    WORLDWIDE, THERE EXIST 1.8 BIOLOGICALLY PRODUCTIVE GLOBAL HECTARES PER PERSON.

    IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 2.2 PLANETS.

    edit: For you imperial folk... 4 hectares is equal to 9.8 acres.

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    Cyburbian biscuit's avatar
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    My total ecological footprint is 14 acres. That's 10 below the national average. I imagine, however, that number would be much higher if we lived in something other than an apartment, ate less meat and I didn't use public transit during the week. Personally, I'm looking forward to buying a single family detached house and hogging more of the earths resources sometime soon.

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    edit: blah. wrong thread.

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    Cyburbian Plus
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    Which is worse the Income or Acreage ?

    My footprint = 20 ac.
    I feel better being below average on this measure.
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    Cyburbian jsk1983's avatar
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    I need 11 acres. If all the world lived like me we would need 2.6 planets.
    I wasn't really sure how far my food had traveled. Lets see last night for dinner I made myself a pizza (from scratch)
    flour (midwest)
    yeast ?
    sugar?
    salt ? this could possibly be local
    water (local)
    sausage (packed in Syracuse, but who knows where the pork is from)
    onion ?
    pepper ?
    sauce ?
    cheese?

    Anyways, I have little clue as to where most of my food is from. But its february here in upstate NY and thus little produce, with the exception of apples, is going to be from CA, FL, or abroad if its not grown in a greenhouse. On the other hand most of these items could be produced locally at least during the summer, which is a step ahead of certain other cities.

    A bit off topic, but does anyone here think that Las Vegans food travels less than the food of northeasterners? So much produce comes from CA, meat seems like it tends to come from the west, and grain is a midwest specialty. Any thoughts on this?

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    Cyburbian abrowne's avatar
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    The supermarkets are full of fruit and veggies from south america right now. Many, many things are supplied by Chile, it seems. This is fine and dandy so long as oil remains existing.

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    I scored a 6.4 ha based upon what I expect to happen. In my "old" life i scored a 10.4 ha.

    Numbers match this week's news story about living in teh city being healthier than living in small towns and suburbia. One of my goals is to use less than a tank (50 l / 10 us gallons) of gas a month excluding looking for a job. Of course if I start working again my gas consumption will probably increase.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    In your face Jasper Johns!

    CATEGORY ACRES

    FOOD 5.4

    MOBILITY 5.2

    SHELTER 7.7

    GOODS/SERVICES 8.6

    TOTAL FOOTPRINT 27



    IN COMPARISON, THE AVERAGE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT IN YOUR COUNTRY IS 24 ACRES PER PERSON.

    WORLDWIDE, THERE EXIST 4.5 BIOLOGICALLY PRODUCTIVE ACRES PER PERSON.




    IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 6.1 PLANETS.

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    NIMBY asshatterer Plus Richmond Jake's avatar
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    In Comparison, The Average Ecological Footprint In Your Country Is 24 Acres Per Person.

    Worldwide, There Exist 4.5 Biologically Productive Acres Per Person.




    If Everyone Lived Like You, We Would Need 10.9 Planets.

    As they said in Idaho: "Earth first. We'll log the other planets later."

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    The most it lets you claim is 127 acres. That's BS! What if I want to throw lavish parties, heat my backyard, or install fountains in my yard? Is there no accounting for the land that will be permanently destroyed by toxic chemicals or have its reservoirs dried up to produce my food? I want the credit I deserve! I want my acreage!
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    2.2 hectares; what's that in acres? I am SO bad at math!

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    Category Acres
    Food 6.9
    Mobility 0.2
    Shelter 2.5
    Goods/services 1.7
    Total Footprint 11

    In Comparison, The Average Ecological Footprint In Your Country Is 24 Acres Per Person.

    Worldwide, There Exist 4.5 Biologically Productive Acres Per Person.

    If Everyone Lived Like You, We Would Need 2.6 Planets.

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    I win!

    CATEGORY ACRES
    FOOD 5.9
    MOBILITY 6.4
    SHELTER 23.7
    GOODS/SERVICES 20.5
    TOTAL FOOTPRINT 56

    IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 12.7 PLANETS
    'Tis the price of being single. If there were more people living under my roof, my commute was shorter, I had a hybrid vehicle, I lived in an agricultural area, and made most of my food from scratch, I would probably score much lower. Or higher, depending on how you're looking at things.

    What's strange is that the amount of trash in front of my house is far less than that of my neighbors. I usually have just one ot two 50 liter bags outside. My neighbors all have two or more full cans.
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    30 acres, 6 point something planets....whatever

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    16 acres 3.4 planets

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    My results:
    CATEGORY GLOBAL HECTARES
    FOOD 0.8
    MOBILITY 0.1
    SHELTER 0.8
    GOODS/SERVICES 1.4
    TOTAL FOOTPRINT 3.1

    IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 1.7 PLANETS.
    Also, aparently I'm the first chilean to do it.
    Oh, and I answered like I was in Valdivia, if I were in Santiago (living alone) the results would be:
    Food =
    Mobility 0.2
    Shelter 1.1
    Goods: 1.6
    Total 3.7
    If everyone lived like me, we would need 2.1 planets. So let's start colonizing the moon and mars!

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    I took it in french:

    PAR CATÉGORIE HECTARES GLOBAUX
    ALIMENTATION 1.7
    TRANSPORTS 0
    LOGEMENT 0.9
    BIENS ET SERVICES 0.8
    VOTRE EMPREINTE TOTALE 3.4

    EN COMPARAISON, L'EMPREINTE ECOLOGIQUE MOYENNE DANS VOTRE PAYS EST 9.7 HECTARES GLOBAUX PAR PERSONNE.

    SI TOUT LE MONDE VIVAIT COMME VOUS ON AURAIT BESOIN DE 1.9 PLANETES

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    Cyburbian Floridays's avatar
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    TOTAL FOOTPRINT: 21 Acres

    IN COMPARISON, THE AVERAGE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT IN YOUR COUNTRY IS 24 ACRES PER PERSON.

    WORLDWIDE, THERE EXIST 4.5 BIOLOGICALLY PRODUCTIVE ACRES PER PERSON.

    IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 4.7 PLANETS.

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    CATEGORY GLOBAL HECTARES

    FOOD 1.1
    MOBILITY 0.3
    SHELTER 1
    GOODS/SERVICES 1
    TOTAL FOOTPRINT 3.4

    IN COMPARISON, THE AVERAGE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT IN YOUR COUNTRY IS 8.8 GLOBAL HECTARES PER PERSON.

    WORLDWIDE, THERE EXIST 1.8 BIOLOGICALLY PRODUCTIVE GLOBAL HECTARES PER PERSON.

    IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 1.9 PLANETS.
    Must be having running water that put me over the top

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    CATEGORY ACRES
    FOOD 4.9
    MOBILITY 1.2
    SHELTER 6.9
    GOODS/SERVICES 5.4
    TOTAL FOOTPRINT 18

    IN COMPARISON, THE AVERAGE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT IN YOUR COUNTRY IS 24 ACRES PER PERSON.

    WORLDWIDE, THERE EXIST 4.5 BIOLOGICALLY PRODUCTIVE ACRES PER PERSON.

    IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 4.2 PLANETS.
    I think that it was having Electricity.
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    Unfrozen Caveman Planner mendelman's avatar
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    Category Acres
    Food 5.4
    Mobility 5.4
    Shelter 4.2
    Goods/services 8.6
    Total Footprint 24

    If Everyone Lived Like You, We Would Need 5.3 Planets.
    It's my damned 60 mile-a-day commute by car.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    moderator in moderation Suburb Repairman's avatar
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    15 acres for me. Not as bad as I thought. I think I was helped a lot because I live with my folks in an energy-efficient house. I also carpool with a police officer that lives out my way and we grow most of our veggies in a backyard garden. We also rarely use disposable stuff and aside from a housing remodel, have never completely filled our standard 40 gal. can that gets emptied once a week. Considering I'm in Texas, I'm pretty proud of my below-average footprint.

    My parents' house sits on two acres, which I think is a question the quiz was missing.

    If I wasn't such a carnivore that would help too.

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

    - Herman Göring at the Nuremburg trials (thoughts on democracy)

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    CATEGORY ACRES
    FOOD 5.2
    MOBILITY 0.2
    SHELTER 5.9
    GOODS/SERVICES 4.2
    TOTAL FOOTPRINT 16
    3.5 PLANETS
    My very low annual mileage and the fact that I rarely travel alone seem to have strongly influenced the results.
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