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OrangeBobo
SILVER Member since Nov 2003

OrangeBobo

veteran
Location: Guelph, ON, Canada

Total posts: 1389
Posted:"Today, the average Earth citizen has a Footprint of 2.8 global hectares . But only 2 global hectares exist per person, and other species need resources too. This means today's human demand on nature is more than the biosphere can replace."

Footprint

I'm at 5.8... ~.~' Must... get... lower....!

How about you guys... This is a really interesting quiz to take!

~ Bobo


wie weit, wie weit noch?
fragst mich, wo wir gewesen sind...
du fehlst hier

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arsn


arsn

How do you change this thing???
Location: Behind the couch...

Total posts: 1903
Posted:Quote:
IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 4 PLANETS.



Well that was a great way to end th day... rolleyes, now I feel just dandy... frown


I can't hear you... I have a banana in my ear.

"You mean I'll have to use my brain?... but I use staff!!!" ~ ben-ja-men

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NYC


NYC

NYC
Location: NYC, NY, USA

Total posts: 9232
Posted:Um... I'm American. Why the hell would I care? wink

"Nature started the fight for survival and now she wants to quit because she's looooosing" -Mr. Burns

ubbloco


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Gnor
BRONZE Member since Mar 2003

Gnor

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Perth, Australia

Total posts: 5814
Posted:I am the same as you Bobo at 5.9......

Have heard this theory before...


Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to all concerned?
Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?

Im in a lonely battle with the world with a fish to match the chip on my shoulder. Gnu in Binnu in a cnu

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UCOF
SILVER Member since Apr 2002

UCOF

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: , United Kingdom

Total posts: 15414
Posted:damn....im doing the worst with 5.2

we would all need 2.9 planets if everyone lived like me,....

well, actually thats crap

that question about how often you travel in a car with someone else...

i have to ALWAYS travel in a car with someone else as i cant drive..

motorbike?!?!

WTF?? i dont own a motor bike. there was no option for no km travelled.

some of those quizes can be really biased.


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Valura
SILVER Member since Apr 2002

Valura

Mumma Hen
Location: Brisbane, Australia

Total posts: 6391
Posted:oh dear. 3.7 planets
poor mother earth frown


TAJ "boat mummy." VALURA "yes sweetie you went on a boat, was daddy there with you?" TAJ "no, but monkey on boat" VALURA "well then sweetie, Daddy WAS there with you"

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Gnor
BRONZE Member since Mar 2003

Gnor

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Perth, Australia

Total posts: 5814
Posted:3.7 Valura..I m impressed

*poke*


Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to all concerned?
Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?

Im in a lonely battle with the world with a fish to match the chip on my shoulder. Gnu in Binnu in a cnu

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simian


simian

110% MONKEY EVERY TIME ALL THE TIME JUST CANT STOP THE MONKEY
Location: London

Total posts: 3149
Posted:Well, i only need 1.8 planets.

so if we colonise Mars then we could all live like me quite sustainably smile


"Switching between different kinds of chuu chuu sometimes gives this "urgh wtf?" effect because it's giving people the phi phenomenon."

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OrangeBobo
SILVER Member since Nov 2003

OrangeBobo

veteran
Location: Guelph, ON, Canada

Total posts: 1389
Posted:Uh... UCOF, there is an option for 0km on the motorbike umm

~ Bobo


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Spanner
BRONZE Member since Feb 2003

Spanner

remembers when it was all fields round here
Location: in the works... somewhere..., ...

Total posts: 2790
Posted:"Total Footprint 2.
Average ecological footprint in your country is 5.3 global hectares per person.
If everyone lived like you, we would need 1.1 planets."

Still room for improvement redface


"I thought you are man, but
you are nice woman.

yay,

:R"

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Wizz


-er-pops
Location: UK

Total posts: 206
Posted:1.6 planets - Wow thats not bad. I didnt realise I was that eco friendly. So if I use the moon as well as the earth is that ok?

Poi... it's an obsession.

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Achluophobia
BRONZE Member since Jul 2003

Magical Sock Dancer
Location: Newfoundland, Canada

Total posts: 255
Posted:6.1
thats 3.4 planets.
Better then the avarage for my country, but it still sucks. As soon as I don't live here....


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DeepSoulSheep
GOLD Member since Sep 2002

DeepSoulSheep

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Berlin, Ireland

Total posts: 2617
Posted:2.9
Most of that coming from what I eat.


I live in a world of infinite possibilities.

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oli
SILVER Member since Jul 2003

not with cactus
Location: bristol/ southern eastern devo...

Total posts: 2052
Posted:TOTAL FOOTPRINT 3.6

IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 2 PLANETS

sorry for caps but i just copied and pasted :/

peace



Me train running low on soul coal
They push+pull tactics are driving me loco
They shouldn't do that no no no

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mrFlibble
SILVER Member since Mar 2003

Ghostbuster
Location: York, UK

Total posts: 455
Posted:its slightly unscientific to say the least

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TheBovrilMonkey
SILVER Member since Sep 2001

TheBovrilMonkey

Liquid Cow
Location: High Wycombe, England

Total posts: 2629
Posted:Apparently, I've got a footprint of 2.2 hectares.
Makes me wonder how I fit into my shoes wink

So, according to that, a world population consisting entirely of my clones would need 1.2 planets.
I don't even think that's a whole extra planet needed, we could probably get away with just using the moon.


But there's no sense crying over every mistake. You just keep on trying till you run out of cake.

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timsimms


member
Location: Dublin, Ireland

Total posts: 33
Posted:Well my footprint is 6.5 Hectares and I need 3.6 planets

But (there is always a but, it follows me around ;-) )

My countries average is 8.7 hectares

Lucky I live on a farm of just over 1000 hectares so I can actually get some exercise and walk around with my big feet.


I am the guy running around with his hair on fire!!

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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13921
Posted:17. Ouch. Of course, if my city OFFERED public transportation anywhere near where I live, that would be much lower...

-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Pink...?
BRONZE Member since Apr 2002

Pink...?

Mistress of Pink...Multicoloured
Location: Over There, United Kingdom

Total posts: 6140
Posted:My footprint is 1.9.

I would need 1.1 planets. Thats like Earth and a tiny bit of the moon biggrin

ubblove


Never pick up a duck in a dungeon...

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arsn


arsn

How do you change this thing???
Location: Behind the couch...

Total posts: 1903
Posted:Ha, ya know, if you act dead, meaning your over 65, don't eat meat... cos you can't... live in a 50 meter or smaller home... i.e. a coffin... and don't travel... inside your body that is... we only need 1.0 planets... I WIN! I WIN!!! tongue biggrin

I can't hear you... I have a banana in my ear.

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NYC


NYC

NYC
Location: NYC, NY, USA

Total posts: 9232
Posted:Hrmmmm.... bummer. After careful review the quiz seems to have a liberal slant (surprise, surprise).. If you pick all of the crazy 'best' answers (like live with 7 people in a 500 square foot house and no electricity and never eat or drive) you still end up using 1 planet.

Since many of us do have electricity and eat meat and such... and we're not dead... it seems that the poll is a bit off. I had hoped that it was basically saying that "by living in excess like I do it makes some poor farmer in Ethiopia have less"... but actually that poor farmer in Ethiopia is taking up too much of a foot print also.

So all I really need to do is kill 6 Ethiopian farmers and I can drive my SUV 100 miles a day and I'm still taking up less of a footprint than if I was never born. Actually, I can kill any 6 people and I'm good. Excellent.

So by killing others I can feel less guilty about not carpooling. Cool.

See and I thought the war in Iraq was a bad thing. eek

I think I may have missed the point though. wink


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Kelly


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Location: London UK

Total posts: 43
Posted:COnsidering I live in London I think 1.8 planets is pretty good..when I go to my parents I grow all my own veg and we slaughter our own meat so our footprint is better...

Still appauling though.

Kelly


Willing to be taught....learn quick and man I am good with a whip!

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Kinudin (Soul Fyre)


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Location: San Diego, California, USA

Total posts: 1325
Posted:Total Footprint: 15

3.4 planets.

Eep frown


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flash fire
BRONZE Member since Jan 2001

flash fire

Sporadically Prodigal
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia

Total posts: 2758
Posted:TOTAL FOOTPRINT 2.3

IN COMPARISON, THE AVERAGE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT IN YOUR COUNTRY IS 7.6 GLOBAL HECTARES PER PERSON.

IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 1.3 PLANETS

sorry about the caps too....


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Arakrys


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Location: Wageningen, NL

Total posts: 34
Posted:I use 1.4 to 1.6 ha depending on how i answer (sometimes I am just in the middle of two options).
ubbangelOne World is Enough for me. ubbangel

Yes, my house is eco-designed, i actively shun planes (so I just spent 27 hours coming back from lovely Scotland by boat & train. Plane & train would have been about 4 hours, and cheaper.) and I eat no meat. I found a job nearby, before that my print was more like 3.4ha for traveling to Amsterdam. And no it does not hurt to live like that.

NYC: "Um... I'm American. Why the hell would I care?"
That's the spirit!

Fritter: "some of those quizes can be really biased. "
MrFlibble: "its slightly unscientific to say the least "
There are versions where you get to fill in every little detail. Like how many cups of milk or slices of cheese a day, electricity use in kWh per year, type of clothes and how long you wear them etc.
Then they do a lot of math and produce a 5-digit-precision number of all these things combined in one unit, here being the area needed to sustain you.
But why would you do all that. In the end the recalculation of all these things into one unit is just a way to make a quick indication that everyone can understand.

I think the value of this 'footprint' is to give you a quick impression of your impact. The questions are very well chosen to give the quickest possible result. You can be ready within two minutes and they show how you are compared to others and what part of your life has the largest impact.



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bubblishis


False Eyelash
Location: New York City

Total posts: 346
Posted:Say what?? I take the subway and ate cookies for lunch. Still came out at 2.7 planets! Well I guess that would balance out my postage-stamp sized apartment.

Americans are fatasses. So at least I'm consistent. wink



All the freaky people make the beauty of the world.

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Rouge Dragon
BRONZE Member since Jul 2003

Rouge Dragon

Insert Champagne Here
Location: without class distinction, Aus...

Total posts: 13215
Posted:TOTAL FOOTPRINT 5.1

IN COMPARISON, THE AVERAGE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT IN YOUR COUNTRY IS 7.6 GLOBAL HECTARES PER PERSON.

IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 2.8 PLANETS.

that quiz is so crap! how the hell am i supposed to know the population of my town? the size of my house? and the fuel efficiency of my car which i can't even legally drive and therefore ALWAYS share a car?

aww, and its nice to now that the only way to use one planet is to be a vegan who lives in a commune, walks everywhere and doesnt have electricity or running water. obviously THAT was where i was getting it wrong!


i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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MikeIcon
GOLD Member since Mar 2003

MikeIcon

Pooh-Bah
Location: Philadelphia, PA - USA

Total posts: 2109
Posted:Total footprint 19 and I need 4.5 planets.

This must mean Im a real American ubblol


Let's turn those old bridges we crossed into ashes.
We'll blaze a new trail,
and torch the rough patches.

-Me

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Eera
BRONZE Member since May 2003

old hand
Location: In a test pit, Mackay, Austral...

Total posts: 1107
Posted:5.9 or 3.5 planets.

As I'm in the mining industry my tunnelling activities are making more space for footprints though.


There is a slight possibility that I am not actually right all of the time.

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Arakrys


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Location: Wageningen, NL

Total posts: 34
Posted:Rouge Dragon said:
"that quiz is so crap! how the hell am i supposed to know the population of my town? the size of my house? and the fuel efficiency of my car which i can't even legally drive and therefore ALWAYS share a car?"
Oh they are just estimates. Take the closest number for population that looks good. For car efficiency: i did not even get to that question but that's pretty vital to compare car use ain't it? One could state the quiz was crap when it did NOT ask about that.

and

"aww, and its nice to now that the only way to use one planet is to be a vegan who lives in a commune, walks everywhere and doesnt have electricity or running water. obviously THAT was where i was getting it wrong!"
I think you are pretty close yet far away from the intended message. Big helpers in having a low footprint are what you eat and how you travel, i think that's the main message. So if you aim for a lower footprint, travel less and eat less meat.






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flid
BRONZE Member since Aug 2002

flid

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Warwickshire, United Kingdom

Total posts: 3136
Posted:i agree, the test is totally unscientific and pretty crap. For instance, it doesn't let me chose an option for "don't own a car", i hafta choose that i almost always travel with other people when in a car(!), and that 'my' car uses the best fuel efficiency. I also travel in a car on average 1-25km a week, but the options go from 0, then 25-100km. I also have no idea what size my house is, but using the second highest option, I score:



TOTAL FOOTPRINT 1.9

IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 1.1 PLANETS TO LIVE ON



i don't mind going and living on mars, just as long as it isn't a team of british scientists who design my landing gear/procedure ubbtickled


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