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Footprint Calculator

Author: Global Footprint Network
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Science, Social Studies, Chemistry, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Economics, Geography, Math, Justice, Climate Action
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 ecological and carbon footprints, and adjust their answers to gain insight into the changes they could make to reduce their individual 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. 


Scientist Notes
The resource is suitable to analyze individual carbon footprints. The calculator is user-friendly and contains relevant climate indicators and controls. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.1.6-8 Explain how economic decisions affect the well-being of individuals, businesses, and society.
      • D2.Eco.1.3-5 Compare the benefits and costs of individual choices.
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  • How many trees are being cut down due to deforestation?
    9 months ago
    • Great question. This is a tough number to pin down. Global Forest Watch estimates that global annual tree cover loss was 25.3Mha (million hectares) 2021. You can see a map, charts, and more statistics here: https://www.globalforestwatch.org/dashboards/global/?category=summary&location=WyJnbG9iYWwiXQ%3D%3D&map=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%3D%3D&showMap=true
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