The Ecological Footprint

Every person leaves his/her ecological footprint on the Earth. The products of his/her life sustenance influence the Earth in many ways. People use products and goods, and they do not think about the resources that were expended for producing all these goods. Mathis Wackernagel is the scientist. His aim was to develop the planning tool that would help to maintain environmental stability. He explains the necessity of calculation of food, water and other goods that people use. He offers to calculate soils, water and energy resources that were used for producing the products. It will help to use all limited resources very wisely (Wackernagel, 1994).

This video urges people to decrease the use of limited resources. Mathis Wackernagel explains people their attitude to the nature and its resources, taking money as the example. He says that people started to spend more money than they can earn. It means that people started to use more than nature can produce. People destroy forests; however, the last cannot renew very quickly. Every day, people kill the nature step by step.

The scientist asks people to overestimate their way of life, and reduce their wastes. He asks everybody to start from themselves, and later such policy comes over the nations. From my perspective, it is very easy to do. People can count how much water and energy were used for producing a bar of chocolate, for example. In addition, they can calculate how much garbage will be from one chocolate. Of course, at first sight it is not much. The garbage will weigh about 50 grams. However, if the person imagines how many such bars of chocolates people eat, he/she will see the real status of the problem. People can refuse one additional chocolate, and they will save the planet. People can refuse a new computer table if their table is good. In such a way, they preserve many trees. Manufacturers will produce fewer products and waste fewer limited resources.

The Earth is the only place where people can live and bring up new generations. The planet is our home. People have to think about tomorrow. If people continue using the nature heedlessly, tomorrow may not come.