These days, footprints are all the rage. You can calculate your eco footprint, your carbon footprint, water footprint, energy usage footprint, and even your foodprint. And I’m sure there’s many, many more.
Recently, I was made aware of a website that calculates an estimated number of how many slaves work for you based on where our goods come from, who makes them, and how many you have. Which they call, of course, the slavery footprint.
I know, what you’re thinking, “Slavery has been outlawed. I don’t benefit from slavery.” But that’s not the case. And it’s complicated.
Check out your own results here: http://slaveryfootprint.org/
The quiz leads you through lots of questions about what you own and how much of it, and the site estimates, based on all your information, how many slaves it took to manufacture those goods and materials. Mine came out at 31. I have an estimated 31 slaves (indirectly?) working for me. It hit me like a punch in the stomach.
I don’t want to participate in maintaining the institution of slavery, in any of it’s forms. Working to be greener is only part of the story. We have to care about the preservation and protection of the people as much as the planet. The site offers some great background information, as well as direct actions and ways to make changes, both large and small scale.
What’s your slavery footprint?
And for a very interesting read on modern slavery, check out this article: http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2012/03/world/mauritania.slaverys.last.stronghold/index.html