The Ecological Footprint is a resource management tool that measures how much land and water area a human population requires to produce the resources it consumes and to absorb its wastes under prevailing technology. By measuring the Ecological Footprint of a population (an individual, a school, a city, a nation, or all of humanity) we can assess our ecological overshoot, which helps us manage our ecological assets more carefully. Ecological Footprints enable people to take personal and collective actions in support of a world where humanity lives within the means of one planet (“Ecological Footprint: Overview” Global Footprint Network, http://www.footprintnetwork.org/).
A sustainable way of life in a sustainable society — sums up the idea of the project. Education which promotes sustainable development aims to help in the acquisition of the information, skills, conditions and vision required to adopt a sustainable way of life. The topic gives students the ability and the courage to assess current practices critically and to reform current practices. This project will fill in the missing part of the curriculum related to sustainable development and responsible use of nature and the environment and also that it will contribute to motivate students in adopting a sustainable way of life.
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