Ecological Footprint, 2002


Ecological Footprint


This “Worldmapper” map shows ecological footprints by country. An ecological footprint is a measure of the area needed to support a population’s lifestyle. The ecological footprint accounts for both consumption and pollution. Territory size shows the proportion of the worldwide ecological footprint from each particular country. It does not show the ecological footprint per capita. Therefore, China and India, whose resource use per person is below the global average, still have very large ecological footprints because of their large populations. The United States also has a large ecological footprint; its per person footprint is nearly five times the world average.

The map is accompanied by two tables that show ranked lists of the ten countries with the largest and smallest ecological shoe sizes per person. There is also a bar graph that shows the average person’s ecological shoe size in different regions of the world.

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