How the Ecological Footprint is measured: (explained in a Conceptual Way)
Various parameters are used to measure the ecological footprint. Some of the parameters are listed below to measure the ecological footprint of an individual or an organization or a nation or the planet itself.
Transportation: Your ecological footprint is higher if you travel a lot by planes and use cars even for small distances. Reduce it by carpooling, using public transportation, and using bicycles if you are not traveling long distances. Thereby your carbon footprint will be low, and you will do less damage to the environment.
Household: Switch off the electrical and electronic appliances if you are not using them. Use OLEDs (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) or LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) instead of the conventional tube lights or the bulbs that use filaments. By doing so you use less energy, and thereby you reduce your ecological footprint. Dispose of garbage properly and do not burn plastics. Keep your surroundings clean and store away chemicals products and fertilizers properly. Don't let them seep into the earth and cause damage to the environment.
Daily food: Buy food products that are not imported from far away countries. because by buying them we increase our ecological footprint by paying for the transportation of the product from the country it has been imported from. We also pay for the technologies that are used to keep it in a good condition until we consume it. If we go in depth, we can come up with more factors that will increase the ecological footprint.
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle: Reduce your ecological footprint by recycling plastics and tin cans. Reduce the usage of plastics. Instead go for alternatives like jute bags and paper bags which you can recycle very easily. Don't throw away stuff that you can use more than once. Even if you do, make sure you dispose of properly and not in a way that it causes harm to the environment.
In the end if your total is below a certain level, your ecological footprint is low. Visit one of the following sites to check (not accurately though) your ecological footprint: