Our ecological footprint is a way to measure the impact humans have on the natural environment. Every day, millions of Canadians drive their vehicles to work, school, or entertainment venues, which creates greenhouse gases and consumes non-renewable resources. These behaviours, and many other consumption habits, all contribute to our ecological footprint. Many experts believe that we are consuming more resources each year than the Earth can produce.
Your task is to explore the relationships that exist between population growth, personal consumption, technological development, and our ecological footprint and write an opinion paper based on your findings. You may choose one of the topics below to analyse. However, if you have a related topic of particular interest to you, just notify your teacher of the details before you proceed.
- The use of the Living Planet Index (LPI) in assessing ecological footprint.
- Effect of planned obsolescence of electronic devices and appliances on ecological footprint.
- Effect of rapid population growth in the suburbs on local environments.
- Environmental impact of using packaged infant formula in place of breastfeeding.
- Below are a couple of links to sites that may help you in organizing your opinion paper. If you have any questions, please contact your teacher.