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Measure Your Footprint
Take the Ecological Footprint Quiz!

If everyone lived like the average U.S. citizen, it would take more than five planets to support the world's population.

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How do you measure up? Take the Ecological Footprint quiz and measure your impact on the planet.

How does your footprint compare to that of the typical child who lives near the monarch sanctuaries in Mexico? Gather information from these stories and estimate the size of a family’s footprint in Michoacan, Mexico:


National Science Education Standards

  • Humans depend on their natural and constructed environments. Humans change environments in ways that can be either beneficial or detrimental for themselves and other organisms.
  • Resources are things we get from living and nonliving environment to meet the needs and wants of a population.
  • Some resources are basic materials, such as air, water, and soil; some are produced from basic resources, such as food, fuel, and building materials; and some resources are nonmaterial, such as quiet places, beauty, security, and safety.
  • Causes of environmental degradation and resource depletion vary from region to region and country to country.

National Geography Standards

  • How human actions modify the physical environment.


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