Sites related to GeogSplace
Australian Geography Teachers' Association website
Scoop.it sites for the class
The ecological footprint concept
Use the attached questions as you do your ecological footprint, watch the videos and read the materials.
Read from the Essentials book: Page 147-158
A popular concept and application to the issue of resource use and environmental impact is that of ecological footprinting. When looking at resource use it is a useful concept but by no means answers all the questions.An ecological footprint measures the total amount of land and resources used, it includes your carbon footprint but goes further. Find out your ecological footprint by answering questions about your lifestyle. See how your choices affect the environment and whether you are living beyond the capacity of the planet.
Here are just some of the general footprint calculators on the Internet
The EPA in Victoria has customised the footprinting concept even further to help businesses, schools and events organisers to use the concept to calculate their footprints. Have a look at their calculators at http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/ecologicalfootprint/calculators/
As with everything we study, we can map it across space. The mapping of ecological footprints across the world shows great disparity between developed and un/underdeveloped (LED/MED) countries. The following thematic map clearly shows that certain regions of the earth are consuming a disproportionate amount of the earths resources.
Some ideas to reduce your footprint
There is much advice on how we as individuals (and governments / businesses / schools) can reduce our footprint. Here are just a few:
Finally, view the Resources presentation attached.