How many planets do you need?

Happy Australia Day all!

Today, I thought I’d share this Footprint Calculator from the WWF with you guys.  I was horrified to discover that even in trying to reduce my impact that “If everyone lived like [me] we’d need 1.9 Planet Earths to provide enough resources.”

Ouch.  First world guilt right here.

Anyway, it’s an interesting and relatively comprehensive calculator if you want to give it a try.  Let me know how you go!


11 thoughts on “How many planets do you need?

  1. I was going to click on the link… but then you shared your results. Now I’m scared to know how horrible my foot print is going to be! Oh well. My curiosity is getting the best of me…

    • Well, even though I don’t live in Queesland, it would still take 2,4 Earth for everyone to live like me!!! Seems that my diet is a big part of the problem. Too much meat. Although, most of the meat we buy is locally grown. (Now I’m just trying to make myself feel better!!!)

      Either way, thank you for the link!

  2. Yes! I have been looking for a calculator like this. But work internet is so so slow at the moment – I think I will have to wait until I get home to have a go!

  3. Ha! We had to do this as a part of our sustainability class. I ended up with a straight 1.9, and a 1.4 with adjustments. I think it would be very difficult to get much lower, for the average person.

    • I believe that your comment reflects the fact that society needs to drastically change the way it “does business”. Not only do me all need to change the way we consume, but there has to be a major shift in how our products are made. The book “Craddle to Craddle” address the latter very well in my opinion. It is worth a read for anyone interested in sustainable manufacture (IMHO).

      • Hi JP! Fancy meeting you here… it’s a small world.

        Do you mean Cradle to Cradle? I think so…

        Thanks for the recommendation: I’ve got my copy on order (I know, I should go to the library, not buy my own copy. It’s so hard changing habits. I need help!)

  4. Argh! I started using the calculator from your link — but then it asked me ‘what part of Australia do I live in?’… with no option of pointing out that England is not part of Australia. (D’oh. Nice going, WWF – you could’a warned me before I started, or at the beginning, ilke…)

    Restart: notice the drop-down at the top of the page boldly proclaiming ‘Australia’, click on it and navigate to UK… a bit of fiddling, and I arrive at the WWF (UK) footprint calculator (much more basic, far less attractive than yours!).

    I answer the questions and am ashamed to discover that I’m using 2.54 earths :(


    • It seems to be about the standard, Pedantry…as JP says, I think it’s going to take a fundamental shift before any of us can improve without going completely hermit-y and off-grid.

  5. I’m 1.9 as well… o_O sorry! I sort of lied and said that I lived in Northern Australia (I’m in America). First world guilt hit hard, like you said.

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