Everywhere we go, and in everything we do, we
leave an impression, an effect, like footprints on the beach. Each
time we take a breath, a meal, a shower, go to school, play sports,
comb our hair, buy a new pair of shoes - everything we do changes
our physical world just a tiny little bit.
If you could add together all the tiny changes, or footprints, we
create every day, we would understand our own, individual ecological
footprint. If we could then add together all the other footprints
for the other people living in the world, then it would become obvious
why there is so much concern about the state of the environment.
Our Ecological Footprints activity resource -
part of our Classroom Expedition for the Hawaii voyage - is a way
for students to calculate their own ecological footprint and understand
how their lifestyle affects people and environments around the world.
As well as empowering young people with the information
and awareness to potentially change their footprint to be 'lighter'
on the world, this activity is also aligned to US national education
standards and covers a wide range of subject disciplines such as
mathematic, science, literacy and geography.
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