What is a “Carbon Footprint?”

by Valerie H.

The effects of each individual’s carbon footprint is discussed often, but do you know exactly what a “carbon footprint” is? 

The dictionary definition goes along the lines of “the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels by a particular person, group, etc.”

However, the term has morphed into something quite different in the cultural sense. It has been coined for conversations involving conservation and is, in general, used to articulate a person’s particular impact on the environment, both locally and globally. 

If you are looking for quick, but informative overview of what exactly a carbon footprint is and why it is important, check out (http://www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/page/carbon_footprint/) for a good explanation. Click around for information on personal footprints, footprints for businesses, footprints for cities, footprints for nations, and the world footprint. 

What’s more, for a more applicable look at your carbon footprint, visit (http://www.nature.org/greenliving/carboncalculator/) to calculate your own personal carbon footprint. Find out how your household stacks up against the rest of the nation and find ways that can help you reduce your footprint.  

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