Human Footprint

SEEK Updated
Resource Types: 
Web Site
Learning Kit

In 2008, National Geographic released the Human Footprint educational resource guide and 90 minute video. They provide background information on the impact of consumption and disposal. There is a lesson plan and three activities as part of the guide:

  • Mapping Our Human Footprint
  • Perils of Plastic
  • Protecting Earth's Wildlife
  • This guide is available for reproduction by educators for students.

    In addition to the Human Footprint guide, National Geographic offers an online interactive Human Footprint module. Students can see how many of each every day item that they will consume during their lifetime, and compare that to the rest of the world.

    For the guide, go to

    For the interactive Human Footprint module, go to

    Human Footprint Video Description:
    In a playful, surprising and thought-provoking portrait of our time on earth, National Geographic demonstrates, in a series of remarkable visuals, what makes up an average human life today and how everything we do has impact on the world around us. In this unique journey through life, it shows all the people you will ever know, how much waste you will produce, the amount of fuel you'll consume and how much you've got to pack in during your 2,475,526,000 seconds on earth.

    National Geographic
    Topic Areas: 
    Environmental Studies
    Resource Management
    Target Audience: 
    Grades 7-9
    Grades 10-12
    Geographic Location: 
    All Minnesota
    Outside Minnesota
    Library loan: 
    Is training required?: 
    Contact(s) or order information.: 

    Education Programs
    National Geographic Society
    1145 17th Street N.W.
    Washington, D.C. 20036-4688
    800 NGS LINE (800 647 5463)
    800 548 9797 (TDD)