[Offtopic] World Earth Day Wednesday
stephen at melbpc.org.au
stephen at melbpc.org.au
Sun Apr 19 22:01:54 EST 2009
This Wednesday, 22nd April, world "Earth Day" turns forty
Apparently the, 'largest secular civic event in the world'
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EARTH DAY NETWORK ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT CALCULATOR TO ASSESS ENVIRONMENTAL
Washington, DC Earth Day Network, an international environmental
advocacy organization and a recognized leader in the field of carbon
footprint measurement, has released its newest tool to combat climate
change: The Ecological Footprint Calculator.
The Footprint Calculator is intended to raise environmental consciousness
in an educational, user-friendly, and fun way.
Created by the originators of the ecological footprint, Global Footprint
Network, the calculator provides users with a three-dimensional avatar of
their choosing, and situates them on a block in a virtual neighborhood.
The user is then taken through a series of questions about her food
consumption, energy use, favorite mode of transportation, type of
residence, recycling commitment, and spending habits.
Its fun to use and really conveys a powerful message, said Kathleen
Rogers, President of Earth Day Network.
Results are shown first in relative terms; after the Footprint Calculator
analyzes a users living habits, it tells her how many planets would be
necessary to sustain human life- if everyone lived just like her.
The users are also shown how many acres of land and tons of carbon
necessary to sustain their lifestyle. They are then given the option of
revisiting the quiz to see where they went wrong, and given suggestions
on how to reduce their carbon footprint.
I like that it not only suggests ways to change your habits, but also
shows the measurable impact small changes on a personal level can
create, adds Rogers.
Earth Day Networks Ecological Footprint Calculator has been used by tens
of millions around the world to evaluate their environmental impact and
make lifestyle changes to reduce it.
A powerful educational tool aimed to generate critical thinking and
inspire younger generations to choose a sustainable lifestyle.
To take the quiz, visit www.earthday.net/ecofootprint.
The new Footprint Calculator has launched with measures for the United
States and Australia only, but new batch of countries will be available
About Earth Day Network
Earth Day Network, www.earthday.net, seeks to grow and diversify the
environmental movement worldwide, and to mobilize it as the most
effective vehicle for promoting a healthy, sustainable planet. It pursues
these goals through education, politics, and consumer activism. Earth Day
Network has a global reach with a network of more than 17,000 partners
and organizations in 174 countries. More than 1 billion people
participate in Earth Day activities, making it the largest secular civic
event in the world.
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