Riding a bicycle, Finland.  Eco-tip: ride a bicycle when ever you can instead of driving a car - ... / ©: Katrin Havia / WWF-Finland
There are simple choices and changes we can make in our daily lives that will help us live more sustainably. We need to change the way we live to reduce our over-consuming lifestyles.
Australians consume more of just about everything, per person, than people in other countries. We consume lots of food, paper, timber, metals, energy, water, plastic, glass – you name it, as a nation we consume a lot of it. One way to measure our environmental impact is through an ecological footprint. On a global scale, Australia is a big-foot. We are our very own Yeti of consumption of natural resources.

Over consumption is a significant contributor to global warming and climate change and this consumption is the major cause of Australia’s large footprint. The other cause is our reliance on fossil fuels for everything ranging from the electricity in our homes to the petrol in our cars. Our way of life in Australia is threatening the future of our planet.

© National Geographic Stock /Jason Edwards / WWF-Canada

What can we do about this?

We all have a part to play, as we all contribute to our ecological footprint and to global warming. This is where we can work together. At WWF we work to conserve and protect the environment – through on-ground conservation projects and by working with government and business to make the big changes we need to become a sustainable country and economy.

But we can’t do it without you.
You have the power to change the way you live and reduce Australia’s ecological footprint. One step at a time.

Are you ready?

Hand holding a seedling / moss, East Kalimantan, Borneo. / ©: WWF-Canon / Simon Rawles
This section provides you with the tools you need to make the change to a more ecologically sustainable lifestyle. Many of the changes are simple, but when we put all of these simple steps together we can make a great leap forward as a nation.

The changes we make today can help protect our beautiful environment for today and for future generations. The links below provide some simple tips for how to reduce the ecological footprint of you and your family.

Let’s step forward together:

Sustainable shopping – tips on how to identify sustainable products
Transport – Car and Air travel and offsetting
Saving Water
Reducing Energy Consumption
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Green Building Design
Ethical and Responsible Investment