LEWA supports ecological awareness campaign

Every human being leaves a so called ecological footprint. It represents the amount of biologically productive land necessary to permanently maintain the life style and standard of living of one human. According to recent estimates, every human is entitled to 1.4 – 1.8 ha. The problem is, however, that the demand of highly industrialized countries exceeds this figure many times over. The people of the European Union, for example, need about 4.7 ha per capita. This, of course, leads to an uneven distribution of natural resources.

The awareness for this type of problem needs to be raised early on. Therefore, LEWA, along with other notable partners, supports the UNESCO school project “Fair Future II”. On October 8 and 10, a multimedia presentation in middle and high schools of Leonberg explained the concept of the ecological footprint and visualized the effects of globalization, consumption of resources, and climate change on people in the entire world. In the ensuing discussion, students asked questions and received advice on how to use food and natural resources responsibly.

Under the motto “Think globally – act sustainably”, the educational campaign will continue touring through many cities in Germany and Austria. In the next three years, a total of 500,000 students from 1,000 schools will deal with the question “How do you want to live in the future?”