Reducing My Ecological Footprint

I calculated my ecological footprint and the total came about to be 3.75 hectares. This was after recalculation. On my first attempt at calculation, the total was about 2.88 hectares. I was first quite surprised as people in my quad had hectares of 8, 9, and even 12! Even though my new calculation is bigger, it is still quite small compared to others’ ecological footprint. In our quad’s discussion, I found out that their living spaces were quite large compared to mine. One person goes horseback riding so she calculated the total are of her barn, I believe it was. Maybe that is why their E.F. was huge compared to mine. Although mine is still smaller than others’ I still plan to reduce it. Some of the biggest factors that increase my ecological footprint include:

  • Transportation by car
  • Not wearing second hand clothing
  • Living space
  • Eating some food grown outside of B.C.
  • Spending too much time in the shower
  • Play equipment
  • Play area
  • Garbage that I threw away
  • Not wearing the some clothes as yesterday
  • Not wearing the some clothes as the day before yesterday
  • Not mending pieces of clothing

The ones that I will try to reduce are:

  • Not wearing second hand clothing
  • Spending too much time in the shower
  • Garbage
  • Not wearing the some clothes as yesterday
  • Not mending pieces of clothing


I will try to reduce these specific ones because the other ones are a bit more difficult to change. For example, I cannot change my mode of transportation. I walk to school almost everyday and sometimes bike. I try to walk as much as I can if the destination is close enough. However, like on Tuesday, Thursdays, and Fridays, I have to use cars and public transportation because I have to go to New Westminister. But for things I can change like Garbage, I will try to reduce. For garbage, I can try to pack lunches in reusable containers. I will try to buy second hand clothing or borrow from my parents. I can also spend less time on the shower. As for clothing, I am going to try to mending ripped clothes and try to wear more clothes over the course of more than one day to reduce the amount of times it has to be washed. These are all steps that I can take to reduce my E.F. that are easy but make an impact.

Over the past few weeks, I have been trying to reduce my E.F. wherever I can. Some of the changes are easy for me like wearing the same clothes over a period of multiple days. I especially do it on weekends or I wear the same jeans everyday throughout the week. Some obstacles included the showering, garbage and mending. For showering, I try to do my best to get out as quickly as possible but sometimes I can still take up to 15 minutes. That one is still a work in progress. As for garbage, I try my best to look for foods, when grocery shopping, that have little packaging. Also, when I pack my lunch, I try and put them in a reusable container. I also plan to buy clothes second-hand when I wear out my current ones but usually I won’t get clothes until I need them. My plans for the future always include caring for the environment. Reducing my E.F. is just part of the bigger picture. The Earth itself is in trouble right now, so every little thing to impact it counts.

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