Go the extra mile
Many things we do in our day-to-day lives require energy. When this energy is generated through burning fossil fuels, it produces greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane.
Our carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases that are generated by our lives. This footprint is our contribution to the warming of our planet and causes climate change.
Here are a few things that we do that contribute to our carbon footprint:
That depends on where you live, how you travel, and what you eat and consume.
Here are some greenhouse gas footprints from around the world.
Note: A greenhouse gas footprint includes greenhouse gases apart from carbon: methane (agriculture) and other greenhouse gases like NO2 (flying). To count only carbon, would exclude the other impacts we have.
First-world countries have the largest footprint because they tend to use more energy:
If we want to avoid the worst effects of climate change (and not raise global temperatures by more than 2℃) the average global carbon footprint per year needs to drop under 2 tons by 2050.
So we’re pretty far off! But don’t worry, at the end of the article, we’ll give you some tools to start reducing your footprint.
Normally you would have to fill out a pretty long questionnaire, with lots of specific information about your power usage and how much you travel. It might take about 10 minutes or so.
But here at CarbonClick, we think that’s too long.
We’re all about making climate action simple.
So, to help you figure out your footprint, we’ve created the world’s easiest carbon footprint calculator. Just drag a few sliders and you’re done — it takes 10 seconds. (Our calculator includes other greenhouse gases like methane too!)
Calculate your footprint in 10 seconds here
Once you’re done you’ll be able to compare yourself to the rest of the world and your country and work out what’s the biggest contributor to your footprint.
Calculate your footprint in 10 seconds with our carbon footprint calculator
You won’t need to get your old power bills out, just estimate what you spend and how far you travel each week.
To balance out or offset your footprint, check out MyCarbonClick, our monthly carbon offsetting subscription. Anyone who subscribes will be neutralising their carbon footprint by funding projects that fight climate change.
Also, check out our top tips for reducing your carbon footprint.
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