Sustainability and the Future

Your footprint - redux - Take the Consumer Consequences/Sustainability Simulation. You will need to collect information from your parent/s or whoever pays the utility bills...

The Magic Washing Machine

Problem Set 8: Ecological Footprints and Sustainability

Use the following resources cited (or in place of those cited) in the packet:

Question: Website or alternative
1. There is no person/hour growth rate, so skip letters b & d
US Census Bureau Population Clock

2. Global Footprint Network Version. This is the one we used at the beginning of the year.
The Earthday Network Footprint Calculator . Take this one as well.

3. Go by the recommendation of 12% of what we use should be devoted to the un-developed biosphere. The Bruntland report in full is available here.

4. We'll be going out to the front lawn and using a trundle wheel.

5. See the population clock for question 1 (both US and world populations available)

6. You will have to look up the current population of Mexico. Try to get data that is less than a year old.

7. No additional resources needed...

8. Choose only one of the letters to answer in written form

9. Skip this question.

There will be an essay on your final about your personal results on these calculators. You may make notes on your own page on this wiki but you may not use handwritten notes.

Sustainability can be applied to each of the resources and areas of study you encountered this year.
Natural cycles - Water, Carbon, Nitrogen,
Natural Resources
  • Water
  • Air (atmosphere and climate)
  • Land (agriculture & minerals)
  • Energy (renewable & non-renewable)
  • Biological (plant & animal)

The Places We Live


• Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”

Edmund Burke