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Consumer Consequences

Find Out if You're Living a Sustainable Life

There's an old saying that the way we spend our money says a lot about us, and it's especially true when it comes to measuring our consumer carbon footprint. Sustainability website has a game of sorts called Consumer Consequences that asks its players lifestyle questions and interprets the answers to calculate "how many Earths of natural resources it would take to sustain all 6.6 billion humans… if everyone lived like you."

The game held my attention with its interactive interface and it takes less than five minutes to play. You start by selecting an avatar and a neighborhood, and it asks questions about your energy consumption at home, trash production, transportation needs, food and drink consumption, and shopping habits. I thought I practiced a relatively green lifestyle, until this game called that opinion into question. The results and some of the statistics the game flashes along the way are all pretty surprising. Try it out and let me know what you think!

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