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Friday, April 4, 2008

How big is your carbon footprint?

What's a Carbon footprint?

A Carbon Footprint is a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases we produce. It is measured in units of carbon dioxide.

The average footprint for people in Malaysia is 7 tonnes.
The average for the industrial nations is about 11 tonnes.
The average worldwide carbon footprint is about 4 tonnes.
To combat climate change the worldwide average needs to reduce to 2 tonnes.

The red statements above are all taken word by word from .

Just yesterday, I was reading an article that took 3 different people and measured their carbon footprints. 2 of them which eats organic and also lives in the outskirts produces more than the girl that lives in the town. It caught me by surprise. But I should'nt as flying around the globes or commuting from their outwards homes to the city counst as burning the carbon dioxides as well.

How to raise your carbon footprint?

1. Don't carpool!

2. Don't take the public transport!

3. Don't walk when you can

4. Leave your computer on all day!

5. Don't switch off the lights or fan or air conditioner when you are not in the room.

YOU might say that I don't do all these stuff, I know of a friend who are environmentally conscious, eats organic and a vegetarian, but he travels around the country and out of the country quite frequently, so there goes his carbon footprint.

Go to the website I mention and I dare you to tabulate your carbon footprint.

Meanwhile I am going to use a week to do mine and see how I can reduce mine....(there goes the hot shower).
Food for thoughts.