17th October 2019


What happens when your ecological footprint exceeds biocapacity?

An ecological deficit occurs when the Footprint of a population exceeds the biocapacity of the area available to that population. Conversely, an ecological reserve exists when the biocapacity of a region exceeds its population's Footprint. The Ecological Footprint is usually measured in global hectares.

Subsequently, one may also ask, what is the size of the average Canadian ecological footprint?

The richest 10% of Ca- nadian households are leaving behind an ecological footprint of 12.4 hectares per capita. To put that finding in context, their per capita ecological footprint is 66% higher than the national average. The Canadian national average ecological footprint is 7.5 hectares per capita.

What is the world's average ecological footprint?

The world-average ecological footprint in 2012 was 2.84 global hectares per person (22.1 billion in total). With a world-average biocapacity of 1.73 global hectares (gha) per person (9.2 billion in total), this leads to a global ecological deficit of 1.1 global hectares per person (7.8 billion in total).

What is the ecological footprint of the average Canadian?

Peel's ecological footprint is 7.83 hectares per capita and is the sixth highest in Canada, behind Calgary, Edmonton, Halton, Ottawa and York. For Peel, this represents 108 per cent of the Canadian average ecological footprint.
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