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The Human Footprint: Take the survey

The Human FootprintThe Human Footprint will be on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday at 9 p.m.

The subtitle is: Everything you eat. Everything you drink. Everything you use. Your entire life's consumption in one place at one time.

The website includes these 10 ways to reduce your carbon footprint.

Here's my status and my goals. Post your own report below:

1. Make your home energy efficient

My status: We use nearly all compact fluorescent lights and LEDs. Our refrigerator is Energy Star. Our home is less than 2,000 square feet. But our insulation sucks.
My goals: We need new windows and will get the most energy-efficient windows we can afford.

2. Drive less.

My status: I drive about 10,000 miles a year and work mostly from home.
My goals: To run more errands in one outing.

3. Buy the highest gas mileage car for your needs.

My status: My 2007 Rabbit only gets about 25 mph. I shoulda got a Prius.
My goals: When it's time to replace this car, I'll get something radically energy-efficient.

4. Buy energy-efficient appliances.

My status: We have an Energy Star refrigerator, but we could have gotten one even more efficient. Our washer and dryer are not Energy Star. At the time we bought them, we were thinking only of price.
My goals: Anytime I buy an appliance in the future, my goal is to buy the most efficient appliance possible. I want a tankless water heater, but my husband wants a tank water heater. He will probably win this one.

5. Recycle.

My status: We recycle all paper, aluminum and plastic.
My goals: To reject goods I might buy, on account of the excess packaging, like vegetables at Trader Joes.

6. Replace your light bulbs with CFLs.

My status: Done
My goals: Get more LED lights.

7. Buy local food.

My status: Not doing so good on this one.
My goals: To get to the local organic garden each Friday to buy vegetables.

8. Eat less red meat.

My status: Done. Been vegetarian for many years.
My goals: Keep eating like I'm eating. Awesome.

9. Lower your water heater temperature from 140 degrees F to 120 degrees F.

My status: Have to look into this.
My goals: To get a solar water heater system.

10. Buy carbon offsets for the rest and make yourself “carbon neutral.”

My status: I'm not convinced this is legitimate.
My goals: To find out more about this.

Click below to take the survey and let us know your own status and goals.

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5. Recycle.

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6. Replace your light bulbs with CFLs.

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7. Buy local food.

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8. Eat less red meat.

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9. Lower your water heater temperature from 140 degrees F to 120 degrees F.

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10. Buy carbon offsets for the rest and make yourself “carbon neutral.”

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