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Transcript of Ecological Footprint
What is Ecological Footprint?
Measures humanity's demands on nature
The impact of a person on the environment
Expressed as the amount of land required to sustain the use of natural resources
How fast we use resources and produce waste
Why we chose this topic!
We chose this topic because most people don't know about this issue even though it's a big problem. We were also interested in what it had to teach. We care about this topic because it is a very important issue that effects our everyday lives. We also chose to do a campaign so we could spread the word faster.
Every day more and more people are driving vehicles and other modes of transportation to work and other places.
Old appliances let out CFC's into the atmosphere. The CFC's destroy our ozone layer.
When we heat or cool our homes we are burning fossil fuels to make electricity. This also adds more CO2 into the atmosphere.
Building causes our footprint to grow bigger. Clearing land for large buildings can hurt our environment. We dig up plants that are part of many animal's habitats. To clear the land we use motorized tools and vehicles because they go faster than self motorized tools.
The materials we use add to our footprint. When we use wood we are chopping down trees to use it. If we use metal we have to mine for it. The size of your building and the land space it takes up is taking away from the Earth too.
When we add carbon dioxide to the atmosphere we are rising the carbon count. It is thought that since carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas and gathers at the ozone, the earth will get warmer (global warming).
When we add CFC's into the air they rise to the ozone layer. Once they get there they eat away at the layer. When they do this we lose some of our protection from UV radiation.
If everyone lived the lifestyle of the average American we would need 5 Earths.
When we eat foods that are not grown locally or that aren't organic we are hurting our Earth. Processed food are required to be brought to factories to be packaged and sent
out. Some foods have
more packaging than
they need to have.
When we are done
with this packaging
we throw them away.
The footprint is separated into different groups such as carbon, built up land, forest, cropland and pasture, and fisheries or oceans. These are compared to how fast we use them which gives us our footprint
Feel free to take an Ecological Footprint test to see your Footprint
The first step in almost all building projects is to clear land. When we do this we are taking the homes away from many animals which leads to them dying. When the animals die our food chain is affected. If our food chain is effected we may eat more of one thing and not the other which leads to more problems in the food chain.
Most of us don't know it, but when we get tools from a long way away, we are hurting our footprint even more. To get these tools we have to have them transported to our location which is adding more carbon into the air.
Some people think that just what you do effects your Ecological Footprint. But, also what ideas you have can effect it majorly.
We think we need an expensive house, with a huge pool, and a big porch, but the materials we use effect our footprint too. Bricks are a healthy material to use because you are burning without polluting. There are a lot of materials we use that we are burning and is not good for our footprint. When we have big ideas, like these, we are most likely to carry them out.
Goods and Services Footprint
Some people will buy a new phone and use it till they find out the next version comes out. Others buy things that they want but they really don't need.
Sometimes when people have an item that can be recycled, reused , or even used for compost in the garden they just throw it away.
We buy lots of things that can be recycled or still used. Some people throw recyclable objects away. If you don't recycle you may send them to a landfill. We put things in landfills that can't be broke down or take many, many, years to break down. This damages ecosystems because it puts methane into the air, ground, and the aquifers where humans get their drinking water. If you don't send you trash to landfills you probably burn it. When we do this we are adding more carbon into the air.
When we discard objects that can still be used we are practically killing Mother Earth. The Earth goes through a lot to produce one phone and to get that phone into your hands. So not using an object that can still be used is not good for our future.
Foods that we eat that are not from the area around where we live are hurting Mother Earth too. To get the foods to the stores where we buy them takes an impact on our carbon footprint. Some foods travel thousands of miles to get to our houses. We also impact or foot print because we use many resources to run the stores where we buy our food and to run the machines that package our food.
As a team the efforts we have made to spread this cause are.....
Creating signs about this problem.
Doing our Project on it so people will notice it.
Informing people around us about this cause.
Our Ecological Footprint sometimes has to do with reducing, reusing, and recycling.
Help us spread the word!
Ecological Footprint is made up of 5 main parts, Biodiversity, Built Land, Energy Land, Bio- Productive Sea, and Bio- Productive Land. These parts are then separated into more complex sections.
How does S.T.E.M effect our topic?
Science ties in with our topic because the Ecological Footprint system has a lot to do with the adaptions animals and people have to make to deal with the things we did in the past and we are doing now. It also adds the carbon cycle, ecosystems, etc.
By using new technology we can help this massive problem. For example, we can use technology like a computer to find out how many resources we are using and how long they will last. From these findings we can calculate how long Mother Earth can support life.
Engineering can help this problem. An example is to engineer new products that are more energy efficient so we use less resources.
For the math part of our project we use statistics and calculations to find out more information. For example, we can take a test and find out by looking at a graph how much of each complex section we would be wasting.
Now that you know how Ecological Footprint can effect us and the environment...Take part in any way, like getting goods from a closer location rather than ordering it.
You can help in a lot of other ways, so