REFE Project

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Ecological Footprint Measurements

A group of 20 young participants educational summer camp will participated in ecological footprint testing in their home cities of Bucharest and Iași while leading their normal lifestyle over 2 weeks in April 2021, and then remeasure in September 2021 and September 2022.

Through the measuring phase, it has been evaluated in how far the participants reduced their Ecological Footprint after taking part in the educational summer camp.

The ecological footprint test is an assessment tool to analyze the impact of human lifestyle on the planet. It encompasses eight main categories that reflect how human consumptions and activities affect the environment. These categories reflect the human footprint on the planet, directly assessing water usage, transportation means, housing, electricity consumptions, and indirectly by analyzing impact related to goods consumption: food, clothing. All the scores awarded to each question have a statistical background to better assess the overall impact. Some answers have negative scores, because they positively affect the environment, therefore reducing the total. The number of points is converted into the number of planets needed to support the whole population if all inhabitants would have the current behavior of the applicant, and the test can be reanalyzed by making smaller or bigger changes to see how these changes improve the ecological footprint. Thus, the test is also a tool for awareness and ecological education.