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RELATING TO THE INDIVIDUAL'S LEVEL OF CONSUMPTION - AN INDICATOR OF ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT

RELATING TO THE INDIVIDUAL'S LEVEL OF CONSUMPTION - AN INDICATOR OF ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT

Year: 2017

Section: Design Education Practice

Editor: Berg, Arild; Bohemia, Erik; Buck, Lyndon; Gulden, Tore; Kovacevic, Ahmed; Pavel, Nenad

Author: Řvrebekk, Nikolai; Skjerven, Astrid

Series: E&PDE

Institution: Oslo and Akershus University College of applied sciences, Norway

Section: Design Education Practice

Pages: 074-079

ISBN: 978-1-904670-84-1

Abstract

Today’s talk of sustainability is difficult to understand for the general public, designers and decision makers in industry and the public sector. CO2 equivalence is one of the most important ways to measure climate change, yet people may be unsure what it means and find it difficult to relate to their personal consumption and the consequences for the environment. However, some efforts have been made to visualize the environmental impact that products have, to ease people’s understanding of these multifaceted matters as they decide what to buy. This paper discusses how visualization can contribute to increasing the general understanding of the environmental consequences of consumption and, furthermore, how it can help consumers to choose the option with the least impact on the
environment. The discussion is oriented toward the following research question: How can an indicator of resource measurement enable end users to make a choice based on the ecological footprint of the available products or services?

Keywords: Ecological Indicators, Communication Design, Ecological Footprint.

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