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Calculating Ecological Footprints- Chapter 9

Population (millions)

Total paper consumed
(millions of metric
tons)

Africa

999

6

Asia

4,117
738

99

Latin America

580

27

North America

341

77

Oceania

36

4

World

6,810

(pounds)

159

Europe

Per capita paper
consumed

13

127

1. How much paper would North Americans save each year if we consumed paper at the rate of
Europeans?
2. How much paper would be consumed if everyone in the world used as much paper as the
average European? As the average North American?
3. Why do you think people in other regions consume less paper, per capita, than North
Americans? Name three things you could do to reduce your paper consumption.
4. Describe three ways in which consuming FSC-certified paper rather than conventional paper
can reduce the environmental impacts of paper consumption.
1.