People use a lot of stuff (being super scientific here, hope you can understand all my technical jargon). And people in affluent countries use even more stuff (wow this is deep I know). But I bet we don't need all that stuff. And I bet that some of us could reduce all the stuff we use. So getting to the point here, I did a quick search this morning to find a carbon footprint calculator. And after doing a handful of calculations from different sites, I found that the carbon footprint (or at least something close to what these calculators think the carbon footprint is) for my household is about 8.76 metric tons of CO2. Not bad, but not great. I can definitely drop some weight, I just don't look good in a moo-moo. So hear is my new years resolution (7 months late) to try and reduce that carbon footprint by July of 2012. Yikes, we all know that I am weak, so really do think this will be a challenge for me. But according to one of the calculators that I used, if I did pretty simple things, such as, bought more local produce, bought more organically grown produce, and basically was a little more intelligent when I shopped period, I could do it. So that will be my goal. Look where stuff comes from (to see how far it has traveled, (buying local would seem to knock a significant portion off my total foot print)), how much packaging is on it, if it is organic etc. So there it is. I am really starting to regret how big my mouth is and starting this blog now, because now I have to do stuff, ruh-roh. The only thing I know I will have no control over changing is travel. Guess that will be next years July resolution.
Anyway if you want to calculate your footprint one of the sites I liked the best was:
Search for your own calculator, and I hope you like your size.
Have a super day.