A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact of human activities on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced, measured in units of CO2.
For most of us it is impossible not to have some sort of carbon footprint as we heat our homes, cook our food and use transportation. Not only this but in our consumer society we all tend to have a secondary footprint associated with the lifecycle of the products we use.
What can we do?
There are ways to reduce CO2 emissions such as:
- Less unnecessary air travel
- Use of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar energy
- Car share to get to work or use public transport
- Turn off standby switches in the household
- Consume local rather than imported produce
- Avoid goods with unnecessary packaging
While we should all be working to reduce our carbon emissions it is almost impossible to become “carbon neutral” without offsetting some of your carbon emissions, by participating in projects such as The Big Tree Project .
The per capita footprint in the UK according to the World Resources Institute is 9.2 tonnes of CO2.