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An ecological footprint is a spatial measure of the biologically productive land and water required to meet human needs. Two important variables are used in the analysis: 1) what it takes to meet the basic needs of a single person for food, waste disposal, shelter, and energy; and 2) the actual total global biological productivity in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

It can be estimated at the individual, community, national, or global level. Comparisons can then be made between individuals and against global biological productivity per capita to illustrate the scale and impact of our lifestyles.

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