Calculating Your Carbon Footprint
So, in basic terms, your carbon footprint is your impact on the earth. It is important that you know what your carbon footprint is, so that you can take steps to reduce it where you can. For me, it is all about balance, so if you are someone who loves to travel and takes a lot of flights or drives regularly, then can you change aspects of your diet to help cap your impact overall?
It might seem very science-y to be calculating your carbon footprint – and there are loads of equations and considerations to take into account, but fear not! There are so many places online who will do all that for you, all you have to do is answer a questionnaire.
Here are some handy links to online carbon calculators that you could use:
In an effort to keep my journey to becoming more environmentally friendly and living a greener life transparent. Here are the results of me calculating my own carbon footprint:
“Carbon footprint, amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with all the activities of a person or other entity (e.g., building, corporation, country, etc.). It includes direct emissions, such as those that result from fossil-fuel combustion in manufacturing, heating, and transportation, as well as emissions required to produce the electricity associated with goods and services consumed. In addition, the carbon footprint concept also often includes the emissions of other greenhouse gases, such as methane, nitrous oxide, or chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).”
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It’s so important to know where you are at with your footprint to identify change and to have transparency and understanding of the way that you live your daily life. The important thing to remember is that no-one is perfect. We are all going to have an impact, modern life is a contributing factor in itself, no matter how mindful you are. I’m not here to tell you to go off-grid and shun modern culture, I am just asking you to be aware of your impact and the part you can play in the solution.
Your environmental education can start right here, right now.
I’m going to set you a task, follow one of the links to a carbon footprint calculator (above) and find out what your footprint is. Then post it in the comments below with 1 or more ideas that you could implement to bring it down. If you are struggling for ideas of how to reduce your footprint, then post the areas where your score was highest and then I am sure that the community will help you out with tips and advice!
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