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Find Out How the Choices we Make Impact Our World

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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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Human Footprint Interactive

Human Consumption

Your human footprint is how much of the world you use in your lifetime. Find out how much you consume and how that measures up with the rest of the world.


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Human Footprint

See all the people you will ever know, how much waste you will produce, the amount of fuel you'll consume and how much you've got to pack in during your 2,475,526,000 seconds on earth.


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Environment Facts

Get facts and media on environmental topics that affect the world we live in.


Kids Books

Nat Geo Kids Books

Get the Human Footprint book for kids ages 8–12. Get your students reading about everything they will eat, use, wear, buy, and throw out in their lifetime.


Nat Geo Games for Kids

Plan It Green: The Big Switch

Can you construct the greenest and most eco-friendly city in the world?

Recycle Roundup

Help Gus clean up the park by sorting all the trash.


Kids News

Water Bottle Pollution

For every six water bottles we use, only one makes it to the recycling bin.