Carbon Footprint

Your carbon footprint is calculated by what someone does or doesn’t do in their daily lives.  Everyone contributes to the greenhouse gasses that are causing global warming whether they are aware of it or not. The U.S Average per Person of greenhouse gas emissions is 27, and the World Average per Person is 5.5. After calculating my carbon footprint, my total greenhouse gas emissions is 18.

The factors that are considered when calculating your carbon footprint are home energy, driving and flying, recycling and waste, and food and diet. While filling out the survey, I had prepared myself for my carbon footprint to be extremely high. Thinking about what I do on a day to day basis to reduce my carbon footprint is really eye opening. I don’t do anything out of the ordinary other than the typical recycling that is done in households.

Thinking about my carbon footprint in relation to the lecture in class today, I believe that there is a lot I can do to reduce it. In class today, we talked about up cycling (recycling something for higher value) versus down cycling (recycling something for lower value), the three r’s (reduce, reuse, and recycle), and biodegradability versus composting. Everything that we discussed, is something that I currently don’t do that well and need to improve on. All of these things are fairly simple to adopt into your everyday life, and seeing my carbon footprint was the motivation I needed to make a change.

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