Earth Day 2017 Reduce Our Footprint - My WAHM Plan

Earth Day 2017 Reduce Our Footprint


Happy Earth Day readers! It’s a grey, semi-rainy day here in middle Tennessee, but that won’t stop us from doing a few things in our own piece of good earth. I’m weeding my front flower beds in between rain drops while enjoying my Primroses and thinking about how best my family can reduce our footprint for our Earth Day cause this year. 


Primroses




Footprint Facts:


According to Earthday.org, “Humans are consuming natural resources at an alarming rate. For the past couple of decades we have consumed more resources annually than the Earth can replenish. Today humans consume the equivalent of 1.5 planets’ worth of resources every year and, unless something changes, we are expected to consume 2 planets’ worth of resources by 2050! If we don’t act now to reduce this unsustainable behavior, we will cripple the planet and threaten the living conditions of future generations.”


Reduce your footprint


Where to Start:

  • Take the Ecological Foot Print Quiz here
  • Select your location on the Map.
  • Taking the quiz took just 5 minutes.

Select your location on map



Here are my results:

It would take 4.5 Earth’s to provide enough resources for our lifestyle and 20 global acres of land! Wow! I had no idea our ecological footprint was this large. You can see all of our numbers on the graph below.




My ecological footprint quiz results


Even though my family and I do well with our reduce, reuse, recycle plan of action; 44% of our footprint is in services. 



My Take Away:

It looks like this Earth Day, my family needs to discuss and brainstorm ideas of how we can reduce our consumerism. Some ideas off the top of my head are:
  • Reduce our shopping trips
  • Think of long term use of clothing and accessories
  • Reduce paper consumption by reading papers and magazines online
  • Buy clothing accessories from Consignment shops more often


I plan on working on reducing our footprint throughout the year and will be taking this quiz again next April. I’ll share my numbers again next Earth Day



Join Us:

I hope you’ll join us today as we make global strides to better our Earth. This is the only home we’ve got and it is our responsibility to leave it in good standing for future generations! Find several causes to plug in to at EarthDay.org.



How do you celebrate Earth Day? 



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