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Friday, June 09, 2006

ecological footprint

Ecological footprint
In our last class the idea of an ecological footprint was brought out. How ecological are we being in our lives? I have tried to reflect how I live my life and whether I am doing a good job in living in harmony with not only the amount of land that I use in my life, but how do I treat earth.
I feel that my interaction with the environment has not been very harmful in my direct relationship. I have not been any of the people paving over the country with cement, or tearing down forests. I think I have been pretty respectful. I mean there are the times when I walk by a tree and give its limbs a tug.
Living in New York City also I feel gives me a less negative affect on the environment. I have never personally owned a car, though I have worked on many, which might count against me. Although the better a car is running the less polluting it is. Because I have always lived in the same place with my family we have kept the amount of space we directly use in the world down to a minimum as well.
In this last class I feel I learned a lot of ways to change how one is living as well or make their homes more sustainable and healthy. I have always looked at the suburbs as hopeless but with the information that Andy presented it seemed like it is actually possible that people could transform their lives. Such as using the roof for solar use and to pick up water as it trickles down. Also converting all those 1/2 acre lawns into food use, that everyone could share. Something I also thought was a genius idea was moving the homes into the already destroyed land of the streets, so then the space that the houses were on even allow for more food.
I feel that ideas like that really are what give me hope for this peak oil situation. While they of course difficult and do not seem like they will ever happen, it shows us that if we really want to come together and find a way to survive and create a better community it can be done. As we learned about the red road. Following the path that makes us more people who contribute rather than destroy. There are example all over of Europe, and Easter island and the fertile crescent where people destroyed their land but there are also many other examples of people who did positive. Such as the native Americans in the plains who would set brush fires when they left an area. So that the old brush would burn and in time it would come back even more flourished and with a more diverse amount of plants.


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