There has been a great deal of discussion about exactly how we can begin to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and hopefully reach the levels set for the 2 degree solution. We have all heard about many possible approaches to get industry, communities, and individuals to make the changes we need if we are going to reduce these greenhouse gasses. In this discussion, we are going to examine our “carbon footprints” or “ecological footprints,” compare the scores with each other, and examine ways to reduce our impact on the environment and perhaps save us some money at the same time!
An ecological footprint is an expanded look at the carbon footprint idea. A carbon footprint measures direct consumption of products and resources that come directly from or with fossil fuel consumption, such as your car, your home, and air travel. The ecological footprint digs a bit deeper. “The ecological footprint measures the amount of biologically productive land and water area an individual, a city, a country, a region, or all of humanity uses to produce the resources it consumes and to absorb the waste it generates with today’s technology and resource management practices. Biologically productive land includes areas such as cropland, forest, and fishing grounds, and excludes deserts, glaciers, and the open ocean” (Earth Day Ecological Footprint Calculator, 2016).
Completing this activity will assist you in mastering Module Level Outcome 1.
Calculate one score for your carbon footprint and one score for your ecological footprint from the sites listed below or another you have located that has a calculator and provides a score you can compare.
Next, post to the Discussion Board:
Your initial post responding to this assignment should be no shorter than 250 words. Include both in-text citations and complete APA style references for all the sources you used to inform your work