Ecological Footprint Factors of Tishk International University Staff and Students 

Habip Bedir

Faculty of Education, Tishk International University

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Natural resources are decreasing day by day in the world. Contrary to this, the unplanned growth of population keeps going. As a consequence of the irresponsible use of some resources, natural resources are becoming depleted. An ecological footprint is a scientific accounting indicator that addresses how a lot of herbal assets need to be utilized within the scope of the earth. It gives countries the data necessary to manage their resources and enlock their futurity.  In literature, there is not any investigation on Ecological Footprint in Iraq, so this present study’s aim is to inform students and staff of Tishk International about Ecological Footprint. For this reason, was targeted to compute the ecological footprint of the participants to let them know how much they use natural resources and the damage they cause to the environment and hope to decrease the damage caused to the planet. A total of 300 students and staff (130 females and 170 males) pursuing their different programs at Tishk International University participated in this study. Ecological Footprint Calculation Questionnaire in the ecological footprint calculation engine was used in the preparation of these survey questions. In analyzing the data, the normality test was performed. After establishing the normality condition, statistical techniques of means, t-test, and Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) were used to analyze the data. In order to investigate whether there is a difference in gender and marital status in ecological footprint, carbon footprint, and how many worlds they need of participants, scores on the scale were compared for males and females by utilizing the t-test. One-way ANOVA was performed to investigate whether there are differences in ecological footprint, carbon footprint, and how many worlds they need of participants regarding age and education degree. Alpha was set at .05 level of significance for all tests. The average carbon footprint of the participants in the research is 18.09, and the ecological footprint is 9.94. These people have revealed that if they maintain their living standards in this way, they need 6.12 worlds instead of one world. The current study does not show a statistically significant difference based on age, educational degree, gender and marital status in the dimension of the ecological footprint, carbon footprint, and how many world needs. 

Keywords:  Ecological footprint, Natural resource, Iraq 

Doi: 10.23918/vesal2022a18