What Is Your Carbon Footprint?
You’ve likely heard the term carbon footprint before and understand it has something to do with how your actions impact the earth…but do you know how to calculate it? Let’s start with what it is.
Time for Change defines a carbon footprint as:
The total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tones of carbon dioxide (CO2).
As you think through your daily human activities, you’ve probably got a lot. Knowing what to calculate and what you can leave out might make your head spin. It can be discouraging, daunting, and downright tedious to think through the impact you have on the planet on your own. When you bring your family into the mix, it’s…a lot.
What do you count, what can you leave out?
If you take into consideration every single factor that can contribute to your own carbon footprint, you’re left with a staggering number of actions to add up. Hypothetically, you could keep going back and back until you’ve gone beyond your own birth! You might wonder if you should factor into consideration what the man who prepared your meal eats in his own restaurant, whether or not he drove a car to work, and on and on and on.
But that line of thinking forgoes the big picture, and many of those factors are outside of your control.
So let’s keep it simple.
Here’s what most experts agree should be counted in calculating your own carbon footprint:
- Housing (energy, waste, water, etc.)
- Travel (on the ground and in the air)
- Food (meat and vegetables have different footprints)
- Products (purchased goods and their materials)
- Services (think salon visits, recreating, etc.)
This can get overwhelming.
But there is one peer-reviewed carbon personal footprint calculator that makes it all much more simple.
CoolClimate Network was created by UC Berkeley, and by following the prompts and entering your consumption, they will calculate your carbon footprint for you, and give you ideas on how to reduce it.
Reducing your own carbon footprint is one of the single greatest things you can do for the environment. You cannot control what other people do, but you can always start with yourself.
DKI Canada is the most green restoration company in Canada, and we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment while maintaining excellent service. We encourage you to do the same for your personal and business life!
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