http://www.myfootprint.org ..... Hi everyone...check out your ecological footprint on this website by answering the quiz...this helps to understand the ecological impact of each individual & country ..... A must do quiz....acts as an eyeopener.....

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ack-- i'm afraid to know---
hmm...I think its better to know .... try it.... you wont loose anything...the reason for this is to increase awareness..... NOW ITS THE TIME FOR ALL OF US TO INCREASE AWARENESS ....architects can make difference because we get the opportunity to discuss lifestyles of our clients while designing for them & make them aware too.....we can spread this message much faster than any other medium .. ...mostly sustainability is misunderstood as compromise with lifestyle which is not ...
I'm not comfortable with the concept of carbon footprint just because it also promotes the idea of carbon offsetting. If you have read "Freakonomics', it talks about the dangers of substituting economic incentives for moral incentives. Although the author is not talking about carbon footprint or sustainability, it applies perfectly to the idea of carbon offsetting or carbon trading. Last time I traveled to India, the airline offered me the option of carbon offsetting for a few dollars more to make up for the greenhouse gas emissions as a result of my travel. A nice way to get rid of the 'guilt'. So do I travel less? NO. The concept of carbon footprint and carbon offsetting will just spawn a new industry that will convert my guilt into a green project such as reforestation and renewable energy. is it bad? not really; but consider this:

Tree-planting projects can cause conflicts with indigenous people who are displaced or otherwise find their use of forest resources curtailed. For example, a World Rainforest Movement report[26] documents land disputes and human rights abuses at Mount Elgon. In March 2002, a few days before receiving Forest Stewardship Council certification for a project near Mount Elgon, the Uganda Wildlife Authority evicted more than 300 families from the area and destroyed their homes and crops. That the project was taking place in an area of on-going land conflict and alleged human rights abuses did not make it into project report. (Source Wikipedia)

Carbon offsetting may have a few benefits but carbon trading in my opinion is useless. It's popular because it sits very well with our consumer economy.
Vishal, I really appreciate your articulate response on this-- my rule of thumb has been to try to do things the way they used to be done-- as much as one can in a modern world. Designing buildings suited for their climate with proper passive systems, reusing what can be reused, incorporating alternative or renewable energy systems when applicable, are always on the design table as an architecture practice. However, I'm sure I fall short of a zero footprint every time I drive to work or take a plane
I plan to take the quiz (though I've always tried to offset my carbon footprint with a sense of humor) because the questions may give me a new awareness of something I hadn't yet considered-- and of course I might offer it as a link on my blog for those so interested.
And doesn't carbon trading seem a bit too much like buying indulgences from the 14th C?
I did take the quiz and needless to say I'm a bigfoot :-) The quiz had a question about carbon offset and the implication that carbon offsetting is part of a sustainable lifestyle threw me off.

Nadine Bouler said:
Vishal, I really appreciate your articulate response on this-- my rule of thumb has been to try to do things the way they used to be done-- as much as one can in a modern world. Designing buildings suited for their climate with proper passive systems, reusing what can be reused, incorporating alternative or renewable energy systems when applicable, are always on the design table as an architecture practice. However, I'm sure I fall short of a zero footprint every time I drive to work or take a plane
I plan to take the quiz (though I've always tried to offset my carbon footprint with a sense of humor) because the questions may give me a new awareness of something I hadn't yet considered-- and of course I might offer it as a link on my blog for those so interested.
And doesn't carbon trading seem a bit too much like buying indulgences from the 14th C?
Is there a big foot anonymous? I tried to take the footprint quiz but the second page wouldn't load... fortuitous? I'll try again later.

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