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 https://www.youtube.com/embed/fACkb2u1ULY
Option 2 – Carbon Footprint https://www.youtube.com/embed/8q7_aV8eLUE
Option 3 – Human Carrying Capacity https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGcE3ZWBjfo
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 https://www.footprintcalculator.org/
Carbon Footprint calculator https://www3.epa.gov/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.
Grading Criteria Table: Use this table as a checklist while you work on this assignment.
Unit 3 Discussion Project Grading Criteria
Summarizes what was learned about selected term
Identifies ecological or carbon footprint using the appropriate scale and relates to national average
Identifies ecological impact if each person had the same footprint as student and describes how and why student’s footprint was or was not surprising
Describes three ways the student can reduce his/her footprint, discussing which strategy is easier and hardest to apply and why.
Provides 2 follow-up responses to peers who wrote on a different topic
Peer responses encourage further conversation
Uses proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar to write clearly and effectively.
Don’t worry about the student responses I will do that myself
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