The carrying capacity of a biological species in an environment is the maximum population size of the species that the environment can sustain indefinitely, given the food, habitat, water and other necessities available in the environment. As a species, humans are living beyond the carrying capacity of planet Earth and this cannot continue.
Humanity’s total ecological footprint is estimated at 1.5 planet Earths – this means that humanity uses ecological services 1.5 times as fast as the Earth can renew them.
Want to know how much land area it takes to support your lifestyle? Take the Ecological Footprint quiz by clicking on the link below right now. Find out what your biggest areas of resource consumption are and then come back to this article to learn a few things you can do to shrink your impact on the earth.
Global Footprint Calculator:
Were you surprised? Maybe even shocked? Good. Now the changes for the better can begin.
Here are ten things you can do right now to reduce your footprint:
1) Reduce the amount of animal based foods you eat.
2) Purchase products that use less packaging or are made of recycled materials.
3) Make weekly trips to local farmers markets that only provide food that is grown and/or manufactured within 150 miles of where you live.
4) Install a few solar panels to reduce your use of fossil fuels to heat, cool and light your home. You can run your computer, TV and hot water heater with an investment of less than $500 dollars if you do the work yourself.
5) Collect rain water and use it to water your plants and wash your car.
6) Switch to LED light bulbs. They cost more but they use less electricity and can last as long as twenty-five years.
7) Grow some of your own vegetables.
8) Make your next vehicle a gas sipper or modify the one you already have to increase fuel efficiency then drive under the speed limit – always.
9) Take the bus.
10) Reduce, reuse and recycle
We all need to do our part to reduce our shoe size on the planet. Get involved, make better choices and leave a better world for our children.
 Footprint Network – http://footprintnetwork.org