# 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.
A.

### 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.
• #### How do you reduce your ecological footprint?

Help save the world, save money and your health with these 15 ways to reduce your environmental footprint.
1. Skip bottled water.
3. Bring your own grocery bags.
4. Lower the thermostat.
5. Avoid “vampire power.”
6. Ditch the paper towels.
7. Watch the fish.
8. Go to the library.
• #### How many plants would we need if everyone lived like you?

If everyone in the world lived as Americans do, we would need 5 Earths to support humanity.
• #### What is the GHA?

Equivalent to longitude on earth. It can be followed by East or West. LHA : LHA (Local Hour Angle) is the angle between the meridian of the celestial object and the meridian of the observer, LHA = GHA(of celestial object) - Longitude (of observer). SHA : Sidereal Hour Angle.
B.

### 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 average person's carbon footprint?

The average annual carbon dioxide emissions per person, they found, was 20 metric tons, compared to a world average of four tons. But the "floor" below which nobody in the U.S. can reach, no matter a person's energy choices, turned out to be 8.5 tons, the class found.
• #### What is the world's 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 an ecological deficit?

An ecological deficit occurs when the footprint of a population exceeds the biocapacity of the area available to that population. If there is a regional or national ecological deficit, it means that the region is importing biocapacity through trade or liquidating regional ecological assets.
C.

### 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.
• #### How is Overshoot Day calculated?

The date of Earth Overshoot Day is calculated by comparing humanity's total yearly consumption (Ecological Footprint) with Earth's capacity to regenerate renewable natural resources in that year (biocapacity).
• #### What is India's ecological footprint?

While India as a whole demands a significant percent of the world's biocapacity, its per-capita Ecological Footprint, 0.8 global hectares, is smaller than that in many other countries, and well below the world average of 2.2 global hectares.
• #### What is the difference between an ecological footprint and biocapacity?

In general, biocapacity is the amount of resources available to people at a specific moment in time to a specific population (supply) and to differentiate between ecological footprint – that is the demand constructed on behalf of a regional ecosystem. Biocapacity is usually expressed in global hectares (gha).

Updated: 7th October 2018