This is worse than failing Calculus

Of course I didn’t fail Calc in high school, I just didn’t get an A. But far worse than that is getting a poor grade on this Ecological Footprint Quiz, which doesn’t seem to care at all that I switched to recycled paper towel and corn-based kitty litter. It appears that by simply living on my ownsome and driving a car, I’m totally screwing things up. I can’t even tell you guys my score, it’s just too depressing. Anyone want to move in and give me piggyback rides to work?

Here, take the test, see if you can do any better. And feel free to comment below with how many planet Earths we’d need if everyone lived like you.

http://www.ecofoot.org/

18 Responses to This is worse than failing Calculus

  1. Morgan says:

    WOW…I’m almost shocked! I’m the guy at work that everyone goes to for environmental information and support and it would appear that I’m a pretty bad offender.

    I feel like crying in my fair trade, organic green tea! Hey that calculator didn’t ask me about my green tea being organic! 🙂

    Don’t be too hard on yourself, you’re making a difference for sure!

    Cheers,

  2. Emma says:

    If it helps. I got a score of 16.3 footprints…

  3. Shawn says:

    Answering on the side of excess I have a 9 acre footprint which is 2.1 planets.

    It’s a fairly simple test. It would be cool if they expanded it out a bit. You know, for cat litter and the such.

  4. Lori V. says:

    I flunked, too. If it makes you feel better, I live with 4 other people and still got a rotten score. Our biggest offender is that we fly to Georgia once a year to visit my family. My sister already gripes that once a year is all she gets. She’s not really going to understand when I make it every other year, is she? SIGH

  5. Morgan says:

    Yeah, it would be nice if they asked about solar panels, gray water systems, car pooling, etc…Because I’m sure that would lower my horrible score quite a bit!

  6. Lori V. says:

    Morgan, I agree… we have 100% renewable electricity. It only takes into account energy-efficiency on the test… I haven’t found one of these yet that is all-inclusive. 😦

  7. Morgan says:

    Lori…I’m sure someone will improve on it soon as more people start incorporating these options in to their lifestyles. Also, one quick feature they could add in would be to ask if you are carbon offsetting right now? My fiance and I are 100% carbon neutral this year (CarbonFund.org). I know it’s kind of a prolonged offset, but I’m hoping that my yearly contribution will be put to good well managed use! Possibly even eliminating the need for natural gas furnaces, or perhaps developing the best battery for electric vehicles…we donated half to reforestation projects too! 🙂

    Cheers,

  8. Jak says:

    i scored an 8, but i am sure it will go up when i start working regularly out of my house and move into my new apartment next month. im hoping to move close enough to work to ride the bike though. im prob more of a 15-20 normally. somewhat depressing. i like the high standards though.

  9. Vanessa says:

    Also, I think the phrase “If everyone in the world lived like you” is a little misleading. Because actually, if everyone in the world lived like me, there wouldn’t be people in China and India and Africa having dozens upon dozens of children and overpopulating the Earth. But hey, just a thought.

  10. Morgan says:

    True enough Vanessa!

    That’s a touchy area with people in North America because we have loads of space and we’re using resources from China. I find it hilarious that there are so many people in Canada that hunt “to control animal population”, but people frown upon China for limiting families to one child…Funny thing is…animal populations will always balance themselves! It’s our population that won’t balance itself!

  11. I got a 3.5… but i think I put that I drive less than I do… So now will you ride your bike to scarborough with me come the sunny weather?

  12. Lori V. says:

    Hell, Vanessa, there are lots of people in the U.S. that are having dozens upon dozens of children & overpopulating the Earth. They’re called Mormons (and Catholics)! :-O Hey, no one ever accused me of being politically correct! LOL!

  13. Morgan says:

    Watch the movie Idiocracy, it is one of those stupid funny movies, but pay attention to the message in the movie. It is actually pretty incredible and spot on!It discusses how educated people are deciding to have less or no children, and that uneducated are having more and more…so that 500 years down the road no is speaking proper English and everything is out of control!

    Enjoy!

  14. pat farquharson says:

    Why do they ask about riding on animals??
    I am eating up this planet- I got a 33!! So I need 7 planets to live on. Who wants to come look for planets? I dont have much time left.
    M

  15. patty t says:

    hey once I start for real we can carpool

  16. Chris Knight says:

    Looks like I need four planets to live on. Which means even if my dream of colonizing Mars comes true (I’m banking on my infant son being the first one there) I’ll be short a few worlds. It’s a simplistic quiz, true, but also a kick in the pants that says (as Vanessa does) that we can always do more.

  17. Erin says:

    Well I scored 10.2…and we carpool. But I guess living 25 minutes from Ottawa is the kicker…No buses or trains for us yet! Great Blog!

  18. david f says:

    I did this about a year ago and i think I got a 1.9. I would have done better but I had to include air travel for work. As I recall, there was not a god way to account for the other waste that my work is/produces, though I am riding my bike to work regularly now.

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