OK, so I’ll admit to not really knowing what a carbon footprint was before coming to England. But now I know, and I can work to reduce it. What’s a carbon footprint, you ask? This was taken from carbonfootprint.com:
A Carbon Footprint is a measure of the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide.
I am happy to say that my footprint is under the US average, but higher than the European average. Click here to calculate yours.
Why should you care? Well the accumulation of carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane in the atmosphere as a result of human activity will lead to “[r]ising global temperatures” which will “alter local climate conditions, affecting forests, crop yields, and water supplies”. (http://www.carbonfootprint.com/warming.html)
There are some simple ways to reduce your footprint (primary and secondary) including buying local foods and products, carpooling, drinking tap water and reducing your consumption of (red) meat. You can read more on the website above. Also, recycling, upcycling and re-using are great ways to reduce your footprint. It’s really not hard to do and the entire world would benefit if people would adjust just a few of their behaviors. I hate to point fingers, but look at the state of Georgia: all that sprawl, all those big lawns that are regularly watered, all those cars carrying only one person and all those long commutes are biting them in the butt now.
Feel free to email me if you have questions.