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Ecological Footprint of Consumption Compared to Biocapacity

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Aims of this lesson:

  • To be able to evaluate the ecological footprint as a measure of the relationship between population size and resource consumption.
 
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Ecological Footprint Questions

  1. What is a nation's ecological footprint?
  2. How is a 'carbon footprint' different from an 'ecological footprint'?
  3. What is a nation's biocapacity?
  4. Why might the biocapacity of a nation decrease?
  5. Why might the ecological footprint of a nation increase?
  6. Create a table that describes the relationship between the ecological footprint and biocapacity in the seven countries listed below.
  7. Is there a link between population size [use the CIA World Factbook] and the ecological footprint?
  8. Evaluate the ecological footprint as a measure of the relationship between population size and resource consumption.
 
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Keyword
Ecological Footprint [according to the IB]: The theoretical measurement of the amount of land and water a population requires to produce the resources it consumes and to absorb its waste under prevailing technology.
Keyword
Ecological Footprint [according to Global Footprint Network]: a measure of the demand human activity puts on the biosphere. More precisely, it measures the amount of biologically productive land and water area required to produce all the resources an individual, population, or activity consumes, and to absorb the waste they generate, given prevailing technology and resource management practices. This area can then be compared with biological capacity (biocapacity), the amount of productive area that is available to generate these resources and to absorb the waste.
Keyword
Carrying Capacity: The number of people that can be supported by a given ecosystem, given their consumption of natural resources and use of technology.
 
 
Hyperlink
  The Economist - Big Foot: The ecological footprint of nations [16 May 2012]
 
 

Australia

Australia

United States of America

United States of America
Australia
United States of America
Ecological Footprint of Consumption [global hectares per capita]
6.8
Ecological Footprint of Consumption [global hectares per capita]
8.0
Total Biocapacity [global hectares per capita]
14.7
Total Biocapacity [global hectares per capita]
3.9
Ecological (Deficit) or Reserve
7.9
Ecological (Deficit) or Reserve
4.1
 

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

China

China
United Kingdom
China
Ecological Footprint of Consumption [global hectares per capita]
4.9
Ecological Footprint of Consumption [global hectares per capita]
2.2
Total Biocapacity [global hectares per capita]
1.3
Total Biocapacity [global hectares per capita]
1.0
Ecological (Deficit) or Reserve
3.6
Ecological (Deficit) or Reserve
1.2
 

Morocco

Morocco

Haiti

Haiti
Morocco
Haiti
Ecological Footprint of Consumption [global hectares per capita]
1.2
Ecological Footprint of Consumption [global hectares per capita]
0.7
Total Biocapacity [global hectares per capita]
0.6
Total Biocapacity [global hectares per capita]
0.3
Ecological (Deficit) or Reserve
0.6
Ecological (Deficit) or Reserve
0.4
 

Niger

Niger

The World

The World
Niger
The World
Ecological Footprint of Consumption [global hectares per capita]
2.3
Ecological Footprint of Consumption [global hectares per capita]
2.7
Total Biocapacity [global hectares per capita]
2.1
Total Biocapacity [global hectares per capita]
1.8
Ecological (Deficit) or Reserve
0.3
Ecological (Deficit) or Reserve
0.9
 
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