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November 2014
Vol 11 No 11
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Our Civility Footprint
By Todd R. Nelson

Being a good citizen these days means striving to reduce our carbon footprint - to walk in a way that reduces our detrimental impact on the planet's biosphere. A "footprint" is a good metaphor for our individual impact on the social or natural environment. It's personal, tactile, organic, and immediately comprehensible. It's elementary. We're bipeds; we all walk and leave tracks. Many an elementary school science class has learned to calculate the size of their family carbon footprint with an online tool - based on heating fuel, car type and annual mileage, electricity use, and other factors.

This is, no doubt, a valuable component of citizenship. But there's another footprint we ought to consider, too - one that has every bit as much to do with the quality of life here in the biosphere as fossil fuel emissions or ozone depletion, if not more. I'm thinking of our "civility footprint." It's not a physical emission, but, just as with our carbon footprint, civility has a huge health effect. In this case, the benefits go up as the size of the footprint increases....

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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.11 No.11 November 2014

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