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Footprint Calculator

Author: Global Footprint Network
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Science, Social Studies, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Earth Science, Civics, History, Math
Resource Type:
  • Interactive Media
  • This interactive web tool will allow students to: 
    • Answer questions about their personal choices and living conditions.
    • See the many ways their choices affect their eco and carbon footprints.
    • Adjust their answers to gain insight into changes they could make to reduce their footprints.
Teaching Tips


  • This resource provides insight into the many activities and choices we make each day that require energy, space, and resources.  Students will see that they can make a difference every day.

Additional Prerequisites

  • It would be beneficial for students to have a basic understanding of what an eco-footprint or carbon footprint is and know how to read a bar graph or pie chart.  Students will see their results in a pie chart, bar graph, in the number of Earths, and in their personal "overshoot" day. 


  •  This is a quick online "quiz" that can be accessed without signing up, and it can be retaken over and over to see the impacts of different choices.
Scientist Notes
The resource is suitable to analyse individual carbon footprint. The calculator is user-friendly and contains relevant climate indicators and controls. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 3: Gathering and Evaluating Sources
      • D3.2.6-8 Evaluate the credibility of a source by determining its relevance and intended use.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Foundational Skills
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.4.4.a Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.


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