Earth Day is on April 22nd, but the entire month of April is full of earth inspired events and a general focus on getting “greener.” I decided to take the ecological footprint quiz by the Earth Day Network. If you haven’t taken this quiz before, I would encourage you to give it a try. It’s actually very interesting.
Apparently the average ecological footprint in the US is 24 acres per person. When I saw that my ecological footprint is a mere 13, I was about about to toot my own horn. But then I kept reading…With an ecological footprint of 13, there would still need to be 2.9 planets to keep me in the lifestyle in which I’ve become accustomed. Not so good.
So, I’ve decided to look for ways that I can do better. I already recycle paper, glass, and aluminum cans; I bring reusable bags to the grocery store; I am replacing my old school light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs as the old ones die out; and I am in the process of planting a garden. I know there must be a ton of basic steps that I can take to be more environmentally friendly. I’d love to hear your ideas!