Wednesday, November 14, 2007

What's Your Footprint?

Ever wondered how much of the earth's resources you consume? Since 2003, I have served alongside environmental pioneers like Nobel Peace Prize Winner Wangari Muta Maathai, Scientist and Pulitzer Prize Winner E.O. Wilson, and former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias on the advisory council of the Global Footprint Network, the international organization that pioneered the idea of the ecological footprint. The ecological footprint measures how your personal behavior and lifestyle impacts the earth's resources. If you are curious where you rate, take the Ecological Footprint Quiz.

Recently, we launched a new blog at GFN. Check out recent postings on Ecological Debt Day (the day in which human beings have consumed the resources that were produced on earth this year--it was October 5th this year), Utah's achievement of becoming the first state to measure its ecological footprint, and photographer Chris Jorgan's photos on America's patterns of consumption (like the Seurat Painting to the right made with a representation of the 106,000 aluminum cans we consume in this country every 30 seconds).

I am working on ways we might be able to measure the ecological footprint of Los Angeles, so stayed tuned for more. In the meantime, enjoy the new blog.