We humans are the most successful species on the planet. We’re also the greediest. And the problem is we’re using more resources than the planet can produce and replenish. In fact, every year we humans consume the equivalent of 1.5 planets’ worth of resources! And if you live in a developed nation like the US, chances are you’re using four or five planets’ worth or more.
Take the Ecological Footprint Quiz to see how many planets’ worth of resources you consume.
If we don’t smarten up, scientists estimate that humans will consume twice as many resources as the planet can support by 2050. The consequences grow more and more severe as forests shrink, water becomes scarcer, arable lands diminish, and the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere approaches a deadly point of no return.
How can you get closer to using your fair share of our planet’s resources? The first step is to take the Ecological Footprint Quiz. It’s fun and easy and demonstrates just how much you take from the Earth and how the changes you can make won’t just save you money, they’ll help save our Earth.
How many planets are required to sustain your lifestyle? Post your number on Earthday.org’s Facebook wall and help us determine which one of our supporters has the greenest lifestyle!
Together, we can build a more sustainable future, one footprint at a time.