Ecological Footprints

Robert Mentzel

Op.Ed.

Ecological footprints measure the impacts and effects a community has on the environment. They are measured by the amount of land that is sustainable by natural resources. To conserve your own ecological footprints one must use less power, water, consumption of meat, and more public travel or not powered travel at all. Oahu is currently diminishing its natural capital with an excess growth of human population and the current construction of more and more real estate.

Oahu has the perfect land for the implementation of a conservation act on ecological footprints. One way to achieve this goal is use a lot of resource management instead of disposing of “waste” (such as plastics and papers) the community could re use the by-products of one system to be used by another system. In doing so there would be no waste on the ever so cluttered island. The islands have increased the green waste movement by composite trash into mulch. Oahu has also removed plastics from most shopping stores (such as Wal-Mart and Tamura’s) and have moved to re-usable plastics.

Although Oahu has seen the effects of using the land in a non-sustainable way in the past decade, locals and local government are now making a strong movement to change the ways for the future. With the earth taking one year and six month to regain what humans have used in a single year, the islands of Hawaii are only dwindling. With a focus on community growth and a more organic life, the people of Hawaii can protect its aina for years to come.

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