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The Human Footprint

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Amanda Abel

on 8 January 2014

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The Human FootPrint
Think About What You Consume and Discard in You Daily Life
Over an average lifetime, each American will ...
Burn 31, 350 gallons of gasoline
Humans have influenced 83% of the Earth's surface
Does this number seem like a little or a lot? Some areas are more vulnerable to human influence than others - why might this be?
This "garbage island" is not man made, but people have considered a real one. Why would it make sense to have a "garbage island"?
What long term effects will this have?
Reflecting on your ideas, what is one con and one pro of your "draw out"?
The Human Footprint
" Human influence on Earth can be positive or negative, benign or catastrophic. Recognizing this responsibility is the first step each of us can take to transform the human footprint and save the last of the wild" - Dr. Eric W. Sanderson
Where Does This Go?
What Are Your Thoughts???
Read 5,054 newspapers = 43 trees
Discard 64 tons of garbage
Use 1.8 million gallons of water
So what? Watch this!
Why do you think different cultures use and consume things at a different rate? What is the cause and effect of this?
American's make up 5% of the world's population, own 30% of the world's cars, and consume 25% of the worlds energy. By their first birthday, the average American is responsible for more carbon dioxide emissions than a person in Tanzania generates in a lifetime!
Let's see some more
What do you think of when you think of pollution?
Do you consider yourself a wasteful person? Why? Why not?

Do you every really think about wasting food and water? What do you attribute the high amount of US food waste to in comparison to other parts of the world?
Global Population Trends Impact our Footprint
Today's global population is estimated at 6.6 billion and is expected to rise to 9 billion by 2050 and to over 36 billion by 2300
What was the main idea of the video?
Why hands?

Now - Let's Take a Look at Someone Who was Compelled to Make a Difference
The Lorax Was Written by Dr. Suess to help draw attention to the pollution and problems in the US, especially Lake Erie!
On average, Americans consume 13 billion hamburgers a year!
22 billion bottles of water are thrown away each year
250,000,000 trees are used each year to make paper
The average American says the easiest way to help the environment is to reduce our oil usage...
After all the Earth's oil supply is limited and deep sea drilling is risky and dangerous for people and the planet...
Do you agree?
What do you use oil for anyway?
Do you think you could go with out it?
So we use, consume, and waste a lot. Even if we reduce what we use, there still will be waste and waste still has to go somewhere, right? What do we do with it? Where should it go?
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