Hill Country Naturalist

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If you are a human being and you live on the earth, then you are a citizen of the earth. You may also be a citizen of a country or city or family or whatever else. But as a citizen of the earth, you are using the resources of the earth for heat, light, food, water, oxygen, medicine, transportation and protection from the elements. In addition, you are using the resources of the earth to dispose of and manage all the liquid, solid and gaseous waste that you produce.

And, there are almost 8 billion other citizens on the earth needing to use the same resources that you are.

Some of us consume many more resources than others, either because of affluence or lack thereof, or because of a particular lifestyle. We sometimes use the term "footprint" to indicate the amount of resources an individual or a group of individuals utilize to maintain their particular lifestyle.



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