April 30, 2010
WYCD #10 - Know Your Carbon Footprint
What You Can Do #10 - Know Your Carbon Footprint.
Every choice you make contributes to the health of the planet, for better or worse. Even a small reduction in your consumption of natural products can make the difference between what's lost and what's saved.
To make responsible choices, you have to know about your impact. Then you can start making positive changes in your lifestyle.
It's easy to identify your personal - or your family's - carbon footprint. There are many sites online that offer carbon calculations. However, they aren't all the same. Some are more detailed than others. My recommendation is to choose several calculators, complete them, and then come up with an average personal CO2 emmissions. But, if you only want to do one, go to the Nature Conservancy's website. They're not only detailed but quick, easy, and they explain how your actions directly impact our planet.
Once you know what you're doing to your environment, you'll know what you can do to change.
I'm a Master Naturalist and an outdoor enthusiast -- mostly kayaking, and I live on a Peninsula in the Chesapeake Bay. I'm the author of The Nature Fan, Nature Fan Activists, Green Earth Almanac, and Amanda's Geographic. Formerly, I ran the nationally syndicated column "National Green Activism" for The Examiner, and I was a key factor in the success of many campaigns. Make sure you don't miss a post, and subscribe by email! Thanks for reading.