Our Carbon Footprint is the direct impact our actions and lifestyle have on the environment in terms of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. CO2 increases greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. As a whole, the entire human race is leaving one, mega-sized Carbon Footprint on the Earth.
Carbon Footprints are made up of two parts, the primary Footprint and the secondary Footprint. The primary Footprint is a measure of our direct emissions of CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels. These are hands down the biggest contributors to your carbon Footprint; they include the consumption of electricity and transportation cost such as fuel. The secondary Footprint is a measure of indirect CO2 emissions from the entire lifecycle of products we use – from their manufacture to their eventual breakdown in the ecosystem.
When looking at the Carbon Footprint at an individual level, each person leaves a different sized carbon footprint. The size of the carbon footprint that a person leaves behind is based on how a person lives their life; how much they contribute to the overall problem of global warming. There are many things that a person can do in order to reduce their carbon footprint; much of it is common sense and easy to do. But First you have to calculate it: This is an easy thing to do. Just follow this simple equation (I borrowed it from a grade school textbook.)
X+C-Q= F multiply by Z(J + R – 1.7342) = CARBON FOOTPRINT
If that’s too hard to follow then please use these carbon footprint calculators:
Now you know what your personal carbon footprint is. Now we head to the next step of reducing: For Some great eco friendly yips on how to reduce your carbon footprint check out:
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Ok we reduced what we could, now what?
The answer is offsetting.
The reason one would offset their Carbon Footprint is to support greenhouse gas reduction projects and hasten the transition to a clean energy future.
Carbon offsets can be more efficient than individual measures to fight global warming, while reducing the same or hopefully more carbon dioxide emissions. To learn more about offsetting your carbon footprint check out: