October 6th was World Ecological Debt Day — the date on which the world officially begins living beyond its means. Renewable resources are used up and we begin eating into natural resources. According to nef, where I got the wonderful word clonetown (meaning the big shops in suburbia that you see everywhere — and it all looks the same), World Ecological Debt Day comes earlier every year. If the entire world lived as those in the UK do, we’d need three planets.
I also stumbled on an ecological footprint quiz. Answer a few questions and it estimates your ecological impact. If everyone lived like me, we’d need 3.2 planets. That’s almost half of what the average person in the US requires, though, so that’s good. I think I win big in the transportation department, since I use public transportation and carpool almost exclusively. Plus I don’t usually travel very far. School is only just over a mile away.
Take the quiz and let me know what you scored in the comments.