How to Calculate Your Carbon Footprint

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A carbon footprint is an equation that estimates just how much you, personally, are contributing to global warming—and all you have to do is plug some info into an online calculator. Figuring out how to make your footprint smaller, of course, is another m

Step 1: Locate a carbon footprint calculator
Use an online search engine to locate a website with a ‘carbon footprint calculator.’ If you provide the information, these sites will determine your footprint for free.

Step 2: Provide the requested information
Provide the requested information, which will include the number of people in your house; your average monthly energy costs; the type of car you drive; how much you drive; and any recent flights you’ve taken.

Step 3: Analyze the results
Review the summary of your carbon footprint, which you’ll receive when you complete the questionnaire. Your footprint will be presented in the form of tons of CO2, or carbon dioxide, that you’re responsible for producing each year.

Tip
Many of the websites that calculate your footprint will offer tips on how you can reduce it.

Step 4: Explore carbon offsets
Explore carbon offsets, which are ‘credits’ you can buy from companies that take steps, like planting trees, to offset the carbon dioxide you’re creating.

Tip
Make sure that the carbon-offset programs have verifiable credentials; there’s a lot of fraud in this new industry.

Step 5: Take action
Don’t ignore your new knowledge. Knowing just how much you’re connected to the health of your planet is only the first step toward dedicated action.

Did You Know?
In February 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that global warming is ‘unequivocal’ and very likely caused by human activities.
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Why the solutions to our biggest environmental problems, from wildlife habitat to carbon emissions, have moved from Washington D.C. to the palm of your hand. With more than two decades in public policy, government environmental agencies, and the private sector, Todd Myers serves as Environmental Director at the Washington Policy Center in Seattle where he develops market-based environmental solutions. His work has been featured in dozens of media outlets around the world, including the Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. Previously, Mr. Myers served on the executive team at the Washington state Department of Natural Resources from 2001-4, working on issues ranging from spotted owl habitat, salmon protection and protection of old-growth forests. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
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