Ecological Sustainability

“Ecological sustainability refers to the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance.”  Eco foot print is an indicator that is used to estimate the amount of land or space on the earth that a person utilizes to survive.  Biologically productive land and water areas are included in this space. Since, these are the areas used to produce the resources that are consumed by the individuals including food, water, energy, clothing, and building materials. It also includes amount of land and water that is used by the persons to assimilate the generated wastes. In other terms, the eco footprint is known as demand of a person on the bio-capacity of the earth.

Ecological foot print analysis is a tool that measures human request on biological community administrations needed to help a certain level and kind of utilization by an individual, item, or populace. Foot print analysis method gauge life-cycle ecological effects from a narrower perspective than conventional life-cycle appraisal. The natural Foot print analysis techniques portrayed underneath can be ordered into two general classifications of examinations: streamlined life-cycle appraisals that utilization a solitary unit pointer (e.g., carbon dioxide equivalents) and area particular investigations (e.g., environmental Foot print analysis of a city).

A solitary unit pointer does not imply that stand out source or one bit of information is utilized. Regularly, a wide range of information are utilized however are changed over to a solitary basic unit, for example, carbon or nitrogen. In this way, single-pointer natural foot shaped impression investigations are like financial instruments that utilization coin as their single-unit marker. Environmental, materials, carbon, nitrogen, and water foot shaped impression examinations are basic techniques accessible for ascertaining environmental footprints.

I do not think that we can continue to sustain our population with the projected growth. Leading demographers in United Nations and the U.S. census Bureau estimate that there is a chance to the world population will rise at 9.5 to 10 billion in the coming years. It will lead to cause enormous stress on social and environmental implications that including world’s food, water resources, and lands for living.  Having too many people will lead to too much consumption.

Presently, equivalent of 1.5 planets are used for providing the resources that are used by us to absorb our waste and other purpose. Earth takes nearly 1 year and 6 months to regenerate the resources that are used by us in a year. . “Moderate UN situations recommend that if current populace and utilization patterns proceed, by the 2030s, we will require what might as well be called two Earths to help us. Also obviously, we just have one.”

The Earth gives all that we have to live and flourish. People and foundations overall must start to perceive biological limits. We must start to make biological limits key to our choice making and utilization human creativity to discover better approaches to live, inside the Earth’s limits. This implies putting resources into innovation and base that will permit us to work in an asset obliged world. It means making individual move, and making general society interest for organizations and arrangement producers to take part. Utilizing devices like the Ecological Footprint to deal with our biological resources is crucial for mankind’s survival and achievement. Knowing the amount of nature we have, the extent to which we utilize, and who utilizes what is the first step, and will permit us to keep tabs on our development as we progress in the direction of our objective of practical, one-planet living.


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Considering what we’ve discussed in class about sustainability and in the lab about the Ecofootprint, as well as what you’ve read to date, do you believe that we are currentlyexceeding Earth’s resources?  Do you believe we can continue to sustain them with the current estimates of population growth in the next 25 years? The following points should be included in your answer:

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Definition of sustainability

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Why you believe, or don’t believe, that we can currently sustain our present population of over 7 billion indefinitely, and whether we can continue to sustain our population with the projected growth.

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What the Ecological Footprint model indicates about how sustainably we are living? (Please note: use the global human ecofootprint and/or compare the footprints of several countries. Note:  it is better to use the footprints in acres or hectares, not earths for this comparison.)

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Include other environmental evidence that supports your opinion