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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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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I got 3.2
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I got 3.2
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 8 years
I got a 2.1? I'm with the rest of you that think this is skewed. Just because of the state I live in I almost gained a half an earth.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
I got a 4.4.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
I got a 4.4.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 8 years
i remember seeing this on that morgan spurlock show 30 Days -- i think the two people needed something crazy like 40+ earths!
littleblackdress littleblackdress 8 years
I got a 5.6, mostly because of my shopping. As a college student though, I can't really change most of the other things.
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
Wow. Surprised by my results, and questioning the methodology. The food catagory in particular. Living in Minnesota, we have a short produce growing season, so buying locally is limited to about 5 months per year at best. Just by virtue of living in California, for example, my score would be higher due to a much longer growing season and far greater opportunities to purchase local produce. I feel that regional potential to purchase local produce needs to be factored in for a more accurate result.
meumitsuki meumitsuki 8 years
I think the calculations are skewed to always go up. For instance, I recycle every scrap of everything I can, but it didn't bring down my score at all. Neither did my minimal driving or local food shopping. I got a 2.1, so I guess thats not too horrible.
meumitsuki meumitsuki 8 years
I think the calculations are skewed to always go up. For instance, I recycle every scrap of everything I can, but it didn't bring down my score at all. Neither did my minimal driving or local food shopping.I got a 2.1, so I guess thats not too horrible.
Geisha-Runner Geisha-Runner 8 years
I have to say I'm a little disappointed in my score. Below the "average" but still bad. Looks like I've gotta try a little harder!
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