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2016

December 23, 2016

According to the National Geographic, “carbon footprint is the term generally used to describe the level of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced by a specific activity.” Carbon dioxide is not the only GHG. The carbon footprint is also interested in measuring the amount of methane, nitrous oxide, and other fluorinated gases one’s lifestyle and activities release into the atmosphere.

There are many online carbon footprint calculators – from quick, five-minute quizzes to more detailed, comprehensive tests, but the most important thing to remember is that each choice that you make adds up and contributes to the number of metric tons of carbon dioxide you’re responsible for emitting. These choices include everything from your method of daily transportation and the types of food you regularly consume, to the items you buy at the supermarket and the way you use your resources, be it at home, at the workplace, or at school. But because your carbon footprint is affected by even the minutest choices you make (paper or plastic, or reusable canvas bag?), it may be difficult to get a truly accurate picture from just a quick online quiz.

Carbon footprints can differ drastically between countries, depending on several factors, such as energy consumption, amount of renewables in the mix, and level of industrialization, among others. As an individual, here are a few things you can do to lower your own carbon footprint.

  1. Walk or ride your bike to work. If it’s not possible, try carpooling or taking public transportation.
  2. Avoid being stuck in traffic, although a lot of the time, it’s out of your control. But traffic apps like Waze can help.
  3. Fly less frequently in general. This means minimizing the amount of business trips you take, and instead maximizing the use of video conference tools like Skype. Take fewer vacations that require air travel, and more vacations that are just drivable distances.
  4. If you can afford it, install solar panels on the roof of your house.
  5. When building your home, design for energy-efficiency. This means working with your natural climate and topography, not against it. Also use materials that are recycled and sustainable, such as sustainable concrete and paper insulation.
  6. When choosing your appliances, make energy efficiency a priority. Look for products bearing the energy star label.
  7. Eat locally produced food (the less miles it takes for your food to get to you, the better). Avoid beef and dairy, as a lot of resources go into the raising of cows, in particular.
  8. Bring your own containers and reusable shopping bags when shopping or making your trip to the market. Bring your own reusable tumbler for drinks too.
  9. Use less water. If you can, use solar panels for heating your water.
  10. Buy or borrow used items – such as clothes, electronics, furniture and cars – whenever possible.