"The Ecological Footprint is a resource management tool that measures how much land and water area a human population requires to produce the resources it consumes and to absorb its wastes under prevailing technology." (Global Footprint Network)
The footprint is measured in global hectars (gha).
Example: For a global ecological sustainability to be possible the footprint should be 1,8 gha, but in reality it's about 2,7. Swedens footprint is 5,9 gha, and USA:s is about 8.
In comparason Africa as a continent has an average footprint of about 1,5 gha.
Measure your own footprint
There are several different tests you can take, and they differ in what kind of aspects they take in consideration. The testresults are not an exact reflection of reality, but they will give you a good hint of your present status.
Here are some tests. Good luck!
Global Footprint Network + the WWF
Carbon Footprint + several tests at Resurgence
The Climate Account SSNC and IVL
If you got a high test score, you can get tips on how to improve yourself at OPL or Guide to a greener life or at Transition Network.
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Updated 12 Sep -11