A dietary change toward veganism is one of the most powerful, tangible ways to reduce one’s individual, household, or community ecological footprint. According to Environmental Working Group data, if a four-person family stops eating meat and cheese for one week, they benefit the environment as much as if they stopped driving their car for 35 weeks.
Colorado’s Holy Cross Wilderness covers more than 120,000 acres and encompasses the 14,000-foot Mount of the Holy Cross -- named for a cross-shaped crevice where snow melts more slowly than in surrounding areas. With more than 150 miles of trails, the wilderness provides plenty of opportunities for backcountry camping, hiking and sightseeing amid snow-fed alpine lakes and peaks rising above 13,000 feet.
Worries about global warming, contaminated air and water, and overflowing landfills have encouraged many people to become more aware of how much of the Earth's resources they are using. Several organizations have come up with ways for people to understand how much they're consuming so that they can make responsible decisions. The ecological footprint is one of those measurements.