Human Footprint (Paperback)

Everything You Will Eat, Use, Wear, Buy, and Throw Out in Your Lifetime

By Ellen Kirk

National Geographic Children's Books, 9781426307676, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 8, 2011

List Price: 6.95*
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What is your human footprint? Well, it's 13,056 pints of milk, 28,433 showers, 12,888 oranges, 14,518 candy bars, and $52,972 worth of clothes, all in one lifetime. Makes you want to step more lightly on the planet! Perfectly timed for Earth Day, this book doesn't preach or judge, but simply shows kids—in an exciting, visual way—how humans interact with the environment and how we can lessen our impact. Astonishing photography captures the full picture of consumption, documenting all the diapers you wore as a baby, the bread you'll eat in a lifetime, and the cans you'll recycle, based on national averages. Tying in with a National Geographic Channel production, Human Footprint is colorful and fun—yet also manages to be a powerful tool for kids to visualize the dimensions of consumption.

About the Author

Ellen Kirk is a writer who enjoys making information fun and accessible for kids. She is the author of the National Geographic Kids book Human Footprint: Everything You Will Eat, Use, Wear, Buy, and Throw Out in Your Lifetime.