WHAT IS YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT?
Your Carbon Footprint is a measure of the impact your activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases you produce on a daily, weekly and yearly basis to conduct your every day business. Your carbon footprint is measured in units of (CO2) carbon dioxide. Your footprint is based on the square footage of your home and how much fossil fuel it takes to heat it, the number of people living in your home and your yearly travel. This is only a generalization to the amount of CO2 you are producing. It does not take into account the more specific details such as doing laundry, washing dishes and whether or not you own a lawn and use a gas mower or electric mower.
The question you need to ask yourself is how much are you producing and what you can do to help save our environment? First you must calculate how much you are producing then strategize how you can lower that number.
It is uncertain at this point in time as to how much each person needs to reduce their emissions by, but it is currently estimated that each person should not exceed producing 2,500 kg of carbon dioxide per year.
Unfortunately this is not going to be an easy task. Here are a few suggestions:
Are you still wondering if the world is experiencing global warming? Do you care if the world's sea level rises two (2) feet over the next one hundred (100) years? For the first time in this millenia President George W. Bush acknowledged in his 2007 State of the Union Address that there is reason to be concerned. In the past he had chosen to ignore and brush off global warming as silly fear mongering. Not any more, global warming is the greatest threat to the human race since the possibility of nuclear annihilation.
Lets put things into perspective. Fact is that the worlds' temperature has risen since the beginning of the industrial revolution as has the sea levels throughout the world. These increases have been minimal, but consistent. Did you know that the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the Model T continue to be breathed in our lungs today. This means that the CO2 that was produced at the turn of the 19th century is still in our environment. The CO2 produced back then is only a drop in the bucket compared to how much we generate today. One does not have to be a rocket scientist to conclude that the heating of the earths' atmosphere will be escalated and compounded if we don't start decreasing CO2 emissions.
Another fact to ponder is that for every foot of rise at sea level eliminates one hundred (100) feet of shoreline. That may not sound like much but take a look around the world. Holland has been fighting back the sea for hundreds of years, Venice will ultimately disappear and the Atlantic seaboard will loose so much infrastructure ( New York City), (Atlantic City), and (New Orleans) it will cost the United States tax payers in the hundreds of billions of dollars alone. If the seas and oceans rise even two feet the tides will change, which includes the North Atlantic Gulf Stream that helps to keep the British Isles six (6) degrees celcius warmer than the rest of Europe. The Gulf Stream will move closer to North America turning the north eastern seaboard into another Florida and have significant negative change to the climate of the British Isles.