Assessing Your Ecological Footprint


So, one of your New Year’s resolutions is to become more environmentally conscious? Fantastic, good for you!

The problem is that transitioning to a more eco-friendly lifestyle can be challenging, particularly in the early stages. Where on earth do you begin? How do you change a lifetime worth of habits? How can you possibly afford to change?

The answer is, begin with baby steps.

This series is designed to help you through the early stages of a transition to a greener, more eco-friendly lifestyle. While installing solar panels, growing all your own food and dedicating your career to the environment may be possible for some, it’s simply not the reality for most of us. It’s easy to imagine that your small changes may not make much of a difference on a global level, but every little bit adds up to positive movement!

So, let’s get started!

Doing your own eco-stocktake
The first step towards a greener world is to identify where we are right now and select areas for improvement. (Actually, the first step is to make the decision to become more environmentally conscious, but I’m guessing you’ve already done that bit!)

There are some brilliant calculators available on the internet, so if you are pressed for time check out the World Wildlife Fund’s Ecological Footprint calculator to very quickly identify areas that you could make a change.

If the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is your primary area of interest, try the Victorian Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas emission calculator.

If using online calculators is not really your thing, doing a manual eco-stocktake of your lifestyle can be very revealing. **Some of your answers may be a bit confronting and you may be embarrassed. That’s ok! The most important thing is that right here, right now, you are preparing to make a change.

Download a printable copy of ‘The Happy Rebel – Eco-Stocktake’ The Eco-Stocktake here.

For further reading on this topic, one of my favourite blogs, Down to Earth Mother just published a great post on conducting a green audit. Check it out here.


4 thoughts on “Assessing Your Ecological Footprint

    • You’re welcome Jo! It’s so easy to feel powerless when looking at the scale of the challenges, yet if we all make small changes it will add up to a big difference!

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