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What's your ecological footprint?
If everyone in the world enjoyed your lifestyle how many worlds would we require?

"Ever wondered how much "nature" your lifestyle requires? You're about to find out. This Ecological Footprint Quiz estimates how much productive land and water you need to support what you use and what you discard. After answering 15 easy questions you'll be able to compare your Ecological Footprint to what other people use and to what is available on this planet."

Visit http://www.earthday.net/footprint.stm to find out how many planets you are standing on.

Or a low bandwidth, text-only version:
Visit http://www.earthday.net/footprint_low.stm
Making Every Day Earth Day
Earth Day should be a celebration of everyday efforts to move towards a more sustainable way of living. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) the two most important contributions we can make on a daily basis include reducing use of automobiles and making thoughtful choices about the food we eat.

In 1999, the UCS published The Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices. The book is the first economic ranking of consumer impact on the environment.

"Driving less and buying a cleaner car are the best things people can do for the environment," said co-author Dr. Michael Brower, a physicist and expert on energy and environmental issues. "Because cars cause so much harm, even modest changes matter."

Food is second only to transportation as a source of consumer-related environmental problems. "Replacing beef with grains and produce, or even chicken, can significantly improve the environment," said Brower. "People can also help by buying organic foods."

The best part about making these changes is that they greatly impact your income. Giving up your car saves more than $3,000 per year while vegetarians on average shave 1/3 off their food budget over meat eaters.

(Visit www.ucsusa.org for more information)
Zero Waste
Did you know that the Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island can be seen from space? At 2.9 billion cubic feet, this landfill is bigger than the Great Wall of China, and yet it accounts for only .02 per cent of the waste in the US. Right now, many environmental advocates and scientists are promoting international Zero Waste campaigns to help reduce the build up of toxins in our air and water systems. While zero waste may sound like an impossibility, several communities in New Zealand, Australia, Denmark and the US are already close to the mark. The City of Edmonton has also set its sites on becoming a zero hero.

The key to zero waste initiatives can be found in the increased efficiency and fiscal growth these initiatives offer. One example of a zero waste business is Interface Flooring Systems’ reentry program. The program leases carpets to business, then reprocesses the existing carpet when the lessee returns it. There is no waste.

At HGOF, we compost all our in-house food scraps. Any surplus goes to Food Not Bombs. We also reuse wax board boxes, and donate recyclables to local charity United We Can. We’re not quite at zero yet, but we are around 7 percent, compared to a 37 percent industry standard.

Visit http://www.targetzerocanada.org to view the need for a Zero-Waste Policy in Nova Scotia. You’ll be surprised to discover how many blue chip companies are aiming for or have achieved Zero Waste Solutions.

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