ECON 260 Environmental Economics

ECON 260 Environmental Economics


This course, ECON 260 Environmental Economics  ,introduces students to the the relationship between economic activity and the environment.

In particular, students will apply microeconomic tools such as benefit-cost analysis to environmental issues and policies.

Discussion of Canadian and global environmental issues, and as well as evaluation of Canadian environmental policy tools will give students an opportunity to apply their knowledge.

1.Global footprint

a. What is your ecological footprint?  Go to (you have to enter your email address) and enter as much detail as you can in their test. (1) How many earths would it take if everyone lived like you? (2) How many global hectares (gha) is your ecological footprint?

b. Go to and page down to World Footprint.  How many earths does this organization calculate that humanity is using right now?

c. You can find the “ecological footprint” and “bio-capacity” of various countries around the world (for 2012) at:  (The link for up-to-date data doesn’t seem to work). What are both these numbers for Canada, US, China and India.

d. (1) Is your ecological footprint above or below that of the country you live in? (2) Is your ecological footprint above or below the bio-capacity of the country you live in?