Online footprint calculators are fun, provided you enjoy feeling deeply guilty. We've been following the "Consumed" series on American Public Media radio programs. (Marketplace seems to be where the bulk of it is happening.) After listening to a report on a real-life family trying to live a modest life, we took the plunge ourselves.
We're curious to know your score. We were dismayed to see our own.
Granted, a big chunk of our score (like one entire planet!) is due to a recent spate of airplane travel which we are not planning to continue. But the eye-opening thing about these calculators is how difficult it is for an American living an "average" life to keep the tally at one planet or less. There are other footprint calculators out there, but Consumer Consequences is the most tuned for modern American lifestyles.