Everything we do makes demands on nature. Our morning coffee, the clothes we buy, what we eat, the way we travel ... everything. When combined with the demands of every other person on Earth – known as humanity's Ecological Footprint – we are far exceeding the planet's capabilities.
We currently need 1.5 planet Earths to sustain our global needs. But we've only got one!
This over-consumption means that our soil and waterways are being degraded, habitats are being destroyed, we're putting pressure on our most vulnerable communities and the Earth is warming. But it's not irreparable. We can help to restore the balance in nature if we each make some simple changes.
How many planets does it take to support your lifestyle?
Use our fun interactive calculator to measure your personal impact.
Please note: The ecological footprint calculator is not mobile or tablet compatible. Read more about how you can change the way you live to reduce your footprint.
Tips to help you change the way you live
It's confronting to learn the impact our everyday actions have on the environment. But it's easy to change our daily habits and make a world of difference.
Here are a number of tips to help you tread more softly on planet Earth. Whether it be buying eco-friendly products, using renewable energy or making sustainable travel decisions, you are in the driver’s seat.