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Feb. 27th, 2002 | 02:16 am

So I stumbled accross a quiz by new scientist used to calculate the number of planets we'd need to support all of humanity at your current standard of living.

I scored 200-400.

"Your footprint is below the European average. However, this is still around twice the average Earth share. If everyone on the planet lived like you we would need at least one "extra" planet to support consumption. About 15 per cent of the world's population falls into this category"

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Life Rebooted

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from: hopeforyou
date: Feb. 27th, 2002 11:30 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the awesome test...mind if I pass it on? I was talking to sinboy yesterday in the car, and this question came up: If everyone on the planet had all the wealth redistributed (wealth not being just money but resources), what would everyone's standard of living be? This test is sort of like that, except it takes what you are already doing and shows how consumptive it is of the earth's resources.

I scored 400-600. I'm not sure how I would get my ecological footprint down to where yours is, or much lower -- other than to use public transit more and shower less. I'm keener on the first than the second. =) On a lot of questions, I was already subtracting as much as I could. I live in an apartment, buy local produce where I can, eat vegetarian a lot, have a small car, and recycle everything I can. I'm curious to know what you marked to get 200-400.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Feb. 27th, 2002 12:06 pm (UTC)
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Please do pass it on... I was posting it as an alternative to some of the rather silly quizzes that wander their way through LJ.

There's one weakness to it though, it doesn't ask about cooling. So living in southern california with a broken heater got me more points than it should, given that I do use my air conditioner when it's hot (as much as I'd like to find an alternative).

Also I walk or bike to work pretty close to 99% of the time.

And just recently we got a curb side recycling can so I scored myself for recycling a good percentage of my stuff, which I'm beginning to do.

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Robin

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from: solri
date: Feb. 27th, 2002 04:15 pm (UTC)
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I came out the same. What the quiz ignores, is that with sensible management of resources and technology, we could all consume a lot more, or rather, get a lot more out of what we consume.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Feb. 28th, 2002 02:52 pm (UTC)
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Very true, there's a great deal of inefficiency in how we do stuff. I remember reading of a redesigned furnature factory where the water leaving the factory was actually cleaner than the water being sucked in.

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