Monday, March 12, 2012
We often hear about our negative impact on the planet – our environmental footprint. But footprints are only half the picture. The other half is just coming into view.
It’s called a handprint, and it measures the positive impacts we can make, simply by changing the way we do things, at home, and at work.
First, it lets you calculate your environmental footprint. You enter in some simple data about things like what you eat, how often you travel, and what kind of products you buy, and Handprinter shows you your environmental impact.
Second, it offers suggestions for simple actions you can take to lower your impact on the planet – things like installing a low-flow showerhead, or carpooling to work or school. You can choose actions from our database, or come up with your own actions and add them to the collection.
And best of all, Handprinter lets you spread your ideas and actions around the world, see their progress, and measure them. When you refer your friends to Handprinter, and when their friends sign on, their handprints become part of yours. Inspire enough people, and your handprint eventually outweighs your footprint.
And with enough handprints, we can heal the planet.