In this activity, students respond to a questionnaire, score points for each question, and use their final score to calculate their ecological footprint (how much land is required to support their lifestyle). From this they can look up how many Earths would be required should every one on Earth share the same lifestyle, thus highlighting the inequality of wealth and quality-of-life distribution across the globe. This activity is aimed at teaching pupils about sustainability by considering the impact that their own actions have on the environment, finding out how sustainable their own lifestyles are, and thinking about ways to reduce their environmental impact. Students should realize that since there is only a finite amount of land available on the Earth, it follows that we cannot use more than our fair share indefinitely without others losing out, now and in the future. It touches on water use, agricultural and urban land use, waste, recycling, pollution, energy generation and transport, and highlights the global impact of lifestyle choices we make as individuals.


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