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This cartoon symbolizes an ecological footprint.

An ecological footprint is a measurement of the load humans have on the environment. This includes how much we eat, how much we consume, how much energy we waste, how much land we take, our output of goods, how much we drive, how much we burn. This all has a toll on the environment. We need to start decreasing our ecological footprint. The increase of an ecological footprint is exponentially detrimental to the earth.

To some extent, everyone and everything has an ecological footprint. Think of the average family. They could have a giant gas-guzzling 4X4 instead of a small to average sized hybrid. Buying un-necessarily large homes, driving, having electronics throughout the house (and plugged in). Logging industries throughout Canada add to the ecological footprint. When they cut down trees, they are consuming land, decreasing our source of oxygen, take natural habitats away from wildlife, and add to exhaust emissions from the machines that do the work. Everything impacts the ecological footprint, and therefore hurts the environment.[[|]]

This Youtube video highlights the ecological footprint, how it is created, what increases it, and what should be done to decrease it. Reducing the ecological footprint is essential to save the environment.