Your Ecological Footprint basically measures your particular "impact" on the Earth. Parents teach their children that every decision has a direct or indirect consequence, whether good or bad. When the same logic is applied to using cloth diapers, or any of the other demands humanity makes on nature, the rationalizations begin.
"Consequences? What consequences?" becomes the mantra of those wanting to go about their life blindly, as if all of humanity isn't comprised of one collective, living, breathing, destructive organism sharing the Earth.
What does it take to sustain how you live?
At Ecological Footprint, Center for Sustainable Economy, you can measure your own personal Ecological Footprint and see where you stand (no pun intended). Their award winning Ecological Footprint Quiz "estimates the amount of land and ocean area required to sustain your consumption patterns and absorb your wastes on an annual basis."
Your Ecological Footprint is broken down into four "consumption categories", including carbon (home energy use and transportation), food, housing and goods and services. Your EF is also broken down into four ecosystem types; cropland, pastureland, forestland, and marine fisheries. For more information on what the Ecological Footprint quiz measures visit their FAQ page.
Find your Ecological Footprint
From the privacy of your own computer, answer 27 easy questions; once completed, you can tuck away your results or post them on Facebook for the world to see. The point of the quiz is not to humiliate, in case that seemed unclear, but to learn how to take action and reduce your personal impact on the Earth. And for some, to learn you actually HAVE an impact on the Earth.
Cloth Diapers Reduce Consumption
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle remains the trifecta of more eco-friendly living. Cloth diapers are one way families can reduce waste in landfills; they are reused after each wash, and then, once baby has moved through the diapering years, they are recycled into rags, burp cloths, or even across subsequent children.
If you are not ashamed to post your Ecological Footprint in the comments below, please do!