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What is an ecological footprint and how can it be measured?

What is an ecological footprint?

The ecological footprint is an environmental indicator that measures the extent to which land resources are used and waste produced. The ecological footprint shows how much land a person, community or country requires to live sustainably.

What methods can be used to measure the ecological footprint?

There are several ways to measure the ecological footprint. One of the most commonly used is the "Footprint Calculator", an online computer program. This program calculates the ecological footprint of an individual or community based on various data such as energy consumption, transport habits, eating habits and waste production.

Another method calculates the ecological footprint based on area. This method takes into account how much biological resources a given area can provide for a given individual or community. This method looks at the sustainable-development/">relationship between biological productivity and consumption.

The purpose of measuring the ecological footprint is to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable living. The results can help individuals and communities to reduce their environmental footprint, for example by increasing energy efficiency, changing transport habits or consuming more sustainable food.

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