What is the Ecological Footprint?

The Ecological Footprint can be used to determine the area of the earth that each individual consumes to maintain his or her standard of living. Not only the living space plays a role, but also the area that is used to cover our resource requirements. For example, we have to take into account the area used for growing food, offsetting our CO2 emissions or reducing the amount of waste we produce.

Every two years, most recently in October 2014, the WWF publishes the Living Planet Report, which shows the Earth’s consumption by nation. The result for Germany: The average German footprint is around 5 hectares, with a maximum of 1.8 hectares available per person. If all humans were to live as we do, we would need the area of 2.6 earths.

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