Questions to be answered in the essay: You can number each response and answer each question separately or you can answer them all in one continuous essay. Please answer in complete sentences and paragraph format. These answers should be thoughtful and thorough.
1) How does your individual footprint compare with the average footprint of a U.S. citizen? Are you surprised by your score? Why or why not?
2) The tool breaks your footprint down into categories; does the similarity between your lifestyle and that of the average American differ across categories?
3) What impacts might result if everyone in the world enjoyed the same lifestyle that you do? How would it impact you personally if this were the case?
4) Does reducing the size of our footprint necessarily mean reducing our quality of life? Why or why not? Are there ways of enhancing quality of life while lowering impact? (Some examples might include driving a higher mileage car, generating less waste, saving money by using more efficient appliances.)
5) Were any footprint quiz questions difficult to answer or not directly relevant? What is your opinion of the ecological footprint as a heuristic tool for raising awareness and inspiring change?