We forgot to highlight Earth Day on Friday, April 22 (and, yes, the gang here
(I was a college junior!). For me, Earth Day is a lot like Valentine’s or Mother’s
Days — not necessary, if you’re demonstrating your love and respect every day,
as you should.
were made to encourage the proper recycling of obsolete or unwanted electronic
equipment. While checking out celebrations around the net, I came upon the site
was developed by Redefining Progress.org. I hope f/k/a‘s visitors will take the
Footprint Quiz, which is described thusly:
Ever wondered how much “nature” your lifestyle requires?
You’re about to find out.
This Ecological Footprint Quiz estimates how much productive
land and water you need to support what you use and what you
discard. After answering 15 easy questions you’ll be able to compare
your Ecological Footprint to what other people use and to what is
available on this planet.
CAUTION: THIS QUIZ MAY SURPRISE YOU, SHOCK YOU,
OR MAKE YOU THINK. PLEASE REMAIN CALM…BUT NOT
Despite my very modest lifestyle (I have about half the “footprint” of the average
American), the results told me: “If everyone [on the planet] lived like you, we would
need 2.5 planets.” There’s a lot of thought-provoking information at the RP website,
including RP’s Global Footprint Update (March 2004), which explains the concept,
the global situation, and what needs to be done to help move toward sustainable
economies and lifestyles. Table 2 of the update (at 14) gives the Ecological Footprint
of Nations. U.S.A. became the highest per capita Footprint nation in 2000. Here is a
list that compares the U.S.A. with several other nations, to give you an idea of where we
stand. [A hectare is 2.466 acres; there are about 1.82 productive hectares -- 4.5 acres --
per capita on this planet.]
Footprint (global hectares per capita)
United States 9.57 (the only nation over 9.00, there are 6 nations over 8.00)
I’m going to try better to make everyday Earth Day. Small or symbolic
gestures, however, won’t make a lot of difference — our homes and cars
are, in general, too big. Even better than recycling: consuming a lot less.
Barry George is a haiku poet who is very aware of
the connection between humans and our planet — even those who
live in cities. Here are three of his poems:
lost in thought–
the track announcer’s voice
drifts over the river
rise on their scaffold
clear marsh sky –
the sound of geese
Earth Day –
in a three-car garage
[April 24, 2005]
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