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Sustainability is a combination of population size and consumption of resources per person.  In this discussion, we will work as a class to understand sustainability as it applies to our lives.  Here is what you need to do.

For your main post (due by Friday)

• Select one of the three Term Options, and view the associated video



• Option 1 - Ecological Footprint   



• Option 2 - Carbon Footprint



• Option 3 - Human Carrying Capacity



• Summarize what you learned about your selected term in a detailed paragraph.



• Use one of the following calculators to determine your individual footprint:



• Ecological Footprint calculator



• Carbon Footprint calculator



• Compare your values to the set of national averages from the calculator you used:



• If you chose the Ecological Footprint calculator, compare your values to these national averages:



• Ecological Footprint = 8.1 gha



• Food = 2.0 gha



• Shelter = 0.3 gha



• Mobility = 3.5 gha



• Goods = 0.8 gha



• Services = 1.5 gha



• If you chose the Carbon Footprint calculator, compare your values to these national averages:



• Carbon Footprint = 66,810 lbs



• Home Energy = 43,076 lbs



• Transportation = 20,968 lbs



• Waste = 2,766 lbs



• In a detailed paragraph answer these questions using the results of your footprint calculation:



• What would the impact be if each person in the world had the same footprint as you?



• In what areas are your footprint values less than the national average?



• In what areas are your footprint values greater than the national average?



• Were these results surprising to you?  Why or why not?



• In a detailed paragraph, describe three ways you can reduce your footprint; which of these changes would be easiest, which would be hardest, and why.



In a detailed paragraph, describe three ways you can reduce your footprint; which of these changes would be easiest, which would be hardest, and why.
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