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Human Footprint Education

Find Out How the Choices we Make Impact Our World


Landfills studied by William L. Rathje, founder of the Garbage Project at the U niversity of Arizona in 1973, an ongoing study of layers of refuse as to biodeg radability, and exploding popular myths about percentages of types of refuse di scarded by American society of the late 20th-century. For details see the article by Rath je in NGM May 1991.

Photograph by Dennis Finley

National Geographic Channel's television show Human Footprint demonstrates what makes up an average human life today, and how everything we do has an impact on the world around us.

Get activities, map, videos, and interactives to help your students understand how the choices they make have far-reaching effects.

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