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Green leaves and morning dew. Photo by Viktor Hanacek
Australians consume a lot more per person than in many other countries. The food, energy and water we use, the timber and plastics that we depend upon – everything we do uses natural resources and produces waste. The measure of this impact on the environment is called our ecological footprint.
Australia's ecological footprint is gigantic. In fact, if the rest of the world lived like we did, we’d need over three planets to meet our total demands on nature.
It's a frightening figure, especially when you consider that over-consumption is a major contributor to global warming and climate change.
However, while no-one can do everything, everyone can do something. Making simple changes in our daily lives – at home, in our shopping choices and even how we travel – can save resources as well as money.
Start by measuring your ecological footprint using this fun interactive calculator. Are you an ecological Big Foot – or do you tread lightly on planet Earth?
Eager to play your part? Keen to explore what changes you can make in your everyday life to help create a cleaner and more sustainable future?
See how you can reduce your ecological footprint by adopting new habits that are softer on the environment.
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