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ECO-FOOTPRINTS – le Quiz

by Archives March 14, 2007

“I need to be more aware of the environment in general,” said Montreal author and Concordia graduate Fimo Mitchell.

“Right now I couldn’t tell you much about environmental issues.”

Many people react with shock after they take the quiz. Mitchell just shrugged and learned that he needed to learn more about environmental issues.

What he learned from the quiz was how his eating habits affected his footprint.

“I didn’t know that eating some of the foods here actually came from other countries,” he said.

“So I learned that if I eat more foods that are transported from further away means that a certain amount of the earth’s resources like gas is “charged” to me.”

For most, income dictates how they shop for food.

When Mitchell shops for food what he buys depends on his income.

“I need to get the best nutrition for the lowest price so I’ll settle sometimes for less.”

While organic food grown and sold locally is ideal Mitchell doesn’t feel the price is suitable for now so he’ll have to settle for less, or at least until the price comes down.

Total footprint 12.2

In comparison, the average ecological footprint in Canada is 8.8 global acres per person.

Worldwide, there exists 1.8 biologically productive global acres per person.

If everyone lived like Fimo Mitchell, we would need 6.8 planets.

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