If everyone on Earth lived like me, it would take more than 7 Earths to support our world’s lifestyle.
That’s what NPR’s Consumer Consequences game told me after taking a detailed account of my living style. My ecological footprint is quite large due mainly to my transportation and eating habits. I commute alone, and even in my gas-sipping Honda Civic, that has a large effect on the planet.
Most of the food I eat is not locally produced. The cost of food transportation isn’t just figured into higher prices, it means I am farther from sustainability and damaging the planet more than if I grew my own food and ate less meat and more vegetables and fruit.
I did win some points, but not many, for using compact fluorescent light bulbs and for not buying a large number of clothing items each month. Later in the game, there are options for seeing the likely effects of changing government regulations. This isn’t the most fun I’ve had playing a “game,” but it is interesting to see the data.
How many Earths would it take to support a world consisting of 6.6 billion yous? Share your result here.
Updated December 27, 2007 and originally published September 25, 2007. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @flexo on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.