How to improve your carbon footprint - Ways to do it!

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Photo by scol22 @ www.sxc.hu

What is Carbon Footprint?

A carbon footprint is the total amount of GHG (greenhouse gases) emissions, assessed in carbon dioxide units (tonnes of CO2 equivalent / year), caused directly and indirectly by an individual, organization, event or product.

Each one of us has an individual carbon footprint which reflects all our actions that have environmental influence over the emission of greenhouse gas.

If we think about developed countries the biggest cause of greenhouse gases are both transportation and electricity production.

So how can we reduce our individual carbon footprint?

How about making each year a greener year!?

There are many ways to cut down our carbon footprint and therefor reduce our impact on the environment.

One can start by trying to drive less and opt for collective transportation or for bicycle commuting, by using low energy consumption appliances, choosing food products that were produced organically and near the place where it is going to be eaten to avoid long distance transportation.

And those are just a few from a very long list of measures to reduce the greenhouse gases that everyone can implement in our everyday life.

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Photo by reznor70 @ www.sxc.hu

How can a bicycle ride save your day?

Simple, it will make you healthier, happier, feeling younger and perhaps the most important, it will make you a much more friendly human being towards our planet Earth.

There are several reasons for people not to ride more often. Some will claim they are not in proper shape, some will tell you that it is not safe to ride amongst other vehicles, others will say that there are not enough bicycle paths available and there are even those who never learned how to ride a bicycle.

But this does not mean we should keep driving our cars everywhere we go and forget to look around and realize how beautiful Earth is!

There are few ways to really "feel" the Earth as good as riding a bicycle through nature. And if we think that every time we commute on our bikes we are making our carbon footprint smaller, then it is easy to understand that there are not much more environmentally-friendly transportation as bicycles.

Well, OK, we can always walk but I can assure you it will never be as fun as riding a bicycle!

Wheels of change

We can wash our hands clean with the good earth.

A note on bicycles by newblueprint:

Bicycles represent the best of human ingenuity. The design allows for very efficient use of energy. We can build cars, bombs, and giant walls, but we can also build bikes. Bikes allow us to travel long distances while still connecting with the natural world. When you ride a bike you are truly alive, your heart pounds, your muscles ache, you feel the wind in your face and a connection with the terrain - you experience the hills and slopes of your environment.

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Another way to reduce our carbon footprint is to invest in Carbon Offsetting.

Even after we reduce the amount of carbon dioxide each of us produces, we can still make up for the inescapable emissions we make by simply buying carbon credits from assured projects.

Those certified projects create an equivalent greenhouse gas saving by planting trees, doing organic farming, researching and investing on renewable energies, and all of this may be performed anywhere in the world.

This may not eliminate the emissions we have made but at least it can minimize their impact on the environment over the years!

Click here to calculate your carbon footprint:

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And find out how to reduce your impact...

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The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Your Carbon Footprint
The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Your Carbon Footprint

Awareness of global climate change has reached critical mass around the world, and people are looking to see how the choices they make affect the environment. This highly practical and easy-to-use reference helps readers understand how to do their part to combat global warming in simple but effective ways.

 

Now that you have calculated your carbon footprint lets see...

How big it is your carbon footprint?

  • Less than 2 tonnes of CO2 per year
  • Between 2 and 4 tonnes of CO2 per year
  • Between 4 and 6 tonnes of CO2 per year
  • Between 6 and 10 tonnes of CO2 per year
  • Between 10 and 15 tonnes of CO2 per year
  • Between 15 and 20 tonnes of CO2 per year
  • More than 20 tonnes of CO2 per year
  • I have very small feet
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Comments 22 comments

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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

Very thoughtful of you to have taken up this issue. It's time for everyone to pay attention to environmental issues failing which the longevity of the human race on this planet will be threatened. Thumbs up.


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jewelsofawe 7 years ago from Oregon

We use cloth bags to grocery shop and recycle our cans and bottles. I did a lens on going green. This is a great hub!


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Julie-Ann Amos 7 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

Great idea - on a much needed debate. My green Christmas hubs didn't do well which is a shame as I really hoped people would care more this year in view of how poorly the planet is


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funride 7 years ago from Portugal Author

anjalichugh - Thank you, no doubt this is an issue that must be addressed and we all will have to improve our impact so that the planet as we know it can be seen by younger generations.

Hi Patricia, thanks for your comment and for trying to reduce your carbon footprint ;)

Hey Julie, I was reading your Guide To An EcoFriendly Christmas and you have done a great job. I bet next year by Christmas you´ll get the deserved merit.

BTW, have you all calculated your carbon footprint? It would be interesting to see how large it´s our CO2 footprints. Your vote is much appreciated ;)


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robie2 7 years ago from Central New Jersey

good ideas here-- all of us in the developed world have carbon footprints that are too large--I like the idea of carbon credits-- we better do something that's for sure!


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funride 7 years ago from Portugal Author

Thanks Robie, I guess the most important thing to do is try to decrease the huge carbon footprint from all the developed world and make everything possible to help less developed countries to avoid getting themselves in that same position in the future.

We really have to level things up and reduce our global impact on the environment at the same time. We all have the same atmosphere to breath in, there is no way out from that :-\


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Princessa 7 years ago from France

I suppose I do my bit going around in my bike ;-)

You might laugh at me, but I didn't know what a carbon footprint was. Thanks for explaining it so easily.

xx


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funride 7 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi Princessa, I´m glad it was useful to you and I´m sure you´ll make your footprint smaller this year ;)


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rancidTaste 7 years ago

"Carbon footprint", i don't know that this means the total amount of GHG emissions. I learned. A useful learning hub...


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funride 7 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi RT, it´s a wonderful feeling to know that this hub has helped you and others to better understand this issue :)

Thanks for passing by ;)


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Bruce Elkin 7 years ago from Victoria, BC Canada

Hey funride. Great hub. Great service. Great learning. I'm thinking about buying a new bike!


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funride 7 years ago from Portugal Author

Really Bruce? I´m also waiting for my new mountain bike frame http://mdebikes.blogspot.com/2008/12/it-is-almost-...

Have you decided which one it´s going to be?

I whish I was there to experience all those great trails you guys have over there at Canada. Thanks for your kind comment ;)


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Funride really well done hub. And I think your site is really fabulous. You really did an awesome job. You will have to come to Canada and check out the bike trail. You will never believe the wide open distances that make this great country what it is until you experience it for yourself.

super hub regards Zsuzsy


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

Thought I had left a comment on this a few days ago when you wrote it. Nice job! Saw your bike site too. Very nice!


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funride 7 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi Zsuzsy, thanks for such kind words. I have visit Canada several year ago and I visit Vancouver before heading to a cruise around the amazingly beautiful and vast Alaska. But unfortunately I didn´t had the chance to ride over there :( . Maybe one day I can return and get to know those great trails ;)

Thanks Christoph, I´m glad you like it. You know, after reading your hub on this same subject I thought I should improve this one and write a little more about the fact that riding bicycles also help reducing our footprint. On my way now... :)


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Good job on the poll and providing the carbon calculator. Of the three Hubbers who voted, I believe I am the worst offender, even though I cut my car use by 90 percent in the last two years. I think my heating oil use has a lot to do with my larger footprint.

32 years ago when I lived in downtown Philadelphia, my neighborhood created a community garden, with the help of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Philadelphia Green program, on an abandoned piece of property. This was long before "green" meant what it means today, but it was at the time that the popularity of "organic" was just beginning. I am happy to say that this program is still alive and well today and contributes so much more than beautification, organic food, and land re-use. You can learn more about it here:

http://www.pennsylvaniahorticulturalsociety.org/ph...

Thumbs up and good luck in the contest!


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funride 7 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi Sally, thanks for stoping by and taking the time to calculate your carbon footprint. There are so many things we can do (or not do) to reduce our "footprint" and we must not wait anymore time. Thanks for the link, it is nice to see that project still alive and healthy ;)


StrangeLittleBird 7 years ago

I was talking to my fiancé about the fact that the internet allows people to publish their thoughts and ideas without having to waste paper doing so, to print and distribute the information people want to get out there, and he pointed out that while that is probably a good thing, the ease of self publishing that the internet now affords every individual allows everything, both good and bad, to be written and saved, and who really knows how much energy is boing used to power and maintain the servers throughout the world that store this information!


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funride 7 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi SLB (I just notice your initials are the same as my favorite football/soccer team here at Portugal), thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. I guess there is no way we humans could live nowadays without making some sort of big/huge carbon footprint :rolleyes:.

Nevertheless I believe that if we think about how much printing books were necessary in order to have so many people reading them as we got around here, then I´m sure we should be making much more "pollution". As to the quality of what is being wrote there´s not much we can do but trying to make our best to write useful things...

Let`s hope in future all servers will be powered by renewable energy sources.


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Very important hub. Nice job funride and thanks for joining my fan club.


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EcoAsh 7 years ago from Hemet

Thanks for all the tips! Ive been riding my bike around town a lil bit. Doing my part.


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AllMomNeeds2know 7 years ago

Great suggestions for people. The only thing I don't really do is bike. I used to as a kid and I am addicted to running with my jogger stroller. I should take up biking again. Great hub!

Fiona

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