The Human Footprint

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Did anyone else watch The Human Footprint on National Geographic last night?  It was incredible!  It analyzed exactly how much milk and wheat and bananas that a person used up in their lifetime.  Not only that, recycle: portrait of a family picking up garbage bins and garbage bags stock photosbut it also calculated how much energy, water, and carbon monoxide emissions we effectively use in a lifetime as well.  It was a really incredible show.  The cool thing about it was that they actually showed you what a lifetime of showers (or diapers, or lotions, or oranges, or you fill in the blank) you as one American will use in your 77 year average lifespan will use with actual items layed out.  The vastness was mind blowing! 

I am a parent and I am always harping on my child to recycle.  I believe that it not only shows respect for yourself, but for other people and the universe as well.  I am really embarrassed by how much we as Americans use up in our lives though.  We account for five percent of people and we use up 25% of resources in the world.  It really makes you think.  What can I start doing today to positively impact the future? 

Does anyone have any great tips, pointers, thoughts on this issue? 

Posted by

Susan Manning

Comments (5)

Susan Manning
Realty Executives - Temecula, CA
Okay, I found a cool recyclable grocery bag that you can double as marketing schwag just now.  What do you think about that?  Kinda cool I think! 
Apr 14, 2008 11:44 AM
Greg Hampton
Re/Max Around The Mountains - Blue Ridge, GA
North Georgia Mountain Property,Blue Rid
Did it show how many blogs the average person writes/reads? lol
Apr 14, 2008 11:45 AM
Susan Manning
Realty Executives - Temecula, CA
No, but I can't remember exactly how much water was used to make a computer, but the number was astounding!!!!!
Apr 14, 2008 11:50 AM
Peter Nikic
Broad & Bailey Realty LLC - Valhalla, NY

I heard in France they don't use shopping bags. Everyone brings their own re-usable grocery bag.

There are so many ways. we are just so wasteful in this country. I was born in Montenegro and as a result of having nothing over there, I have a tendency not to be wasteful. My kids drive me nuts the way they just waste (especially food).

It's really sad.

Apr 14, 2008 12:01 PM
Lisa Lambert
The Law Offices of Elisabeth A. Lambert - Fresno, CA
Esq. 1031 Exchange Expert
Great post. Use recycleable shopping bags, buy bulk lotions, shampoo, etc. (re-fill the container with the bulk lotion) and recycle everything that they will take.
Apr 14, 2008 12:16 PM