How Big Is Your Carbon Footprint?
How Big Is Your Carbon Footprint?
If you had asked someone a few years back, do you know your carbon footprint? They may have looked down at their shoes and said, size 10???
There are so many new terms and lifestyle things being bantered about these days.
What about your “digital footprint”?
Again someone may look down at their feet and say, my shoes are analogue:)
A digital footprint is, “one’s unique set of traceable digital activities, actions, contributions and communications that are manifested on the Internet or on digital devices”.
These footprints can be passive or active.
Passive footprints are things like cookies on web sites and other tracking devices used by the Internet.
Active footprints are when you use email, log into a web site and use a password. You are actively leaving a digital footprint.
Again, 10 years ago no one mentioned this, let alone knew about it.
We all know about credit reports and credit scoring, but what about Social Credit and Social Scores?
Using data that is accessible through many means, such as your using your credit or debit cards, not using cash, buying online, and social media, all this data can be gathered and scored to create a picture of you.
And mentioning social media, which is another “realm of mischief”, who thought about tweeting, Facebook likes, changing relationship status for al to see, swiping right, or left, who thought of all this 10 or more years ago???
Besides those that have created the technology.
There are a lot of new terms and not just terms, but lifestyles being modeled and changed as we speak and I write this.
Another one that seems to be in the news lately is “carbon foot printing”.
What is a Carbon Footprint?
By definition a carbon footprint is, “The total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).”
And there are ways to calculate your carbon footprint, how much CO2 you are emitting; not personally, but through your actions.
And there are ways to reduce your carbon footprint, and some are very simple to do:
* Unplug your electronic devices when not in use.
* Reduce your meat consumptions, cows emit a lot of methane into the air, not to mention the amount of water required for each cow.
* Limit your clothes shopping, don’t live for the next fashionable item.
* Plant a garden.
* Eat local and organic foods.
* Peg out the washing, don’t use tumble dryers.
* Walk don’t run, meaning walk when you can, take public transport, and don’t fly as much.
What don’t fly, then how do I get to my holiday destinations!???
Flying is a huge producer of CO2 and can cause your carbon footprint to be massive, but what can you do???
Feeling guilty about your carbon footprint, as mentioned above there are things you can do, and if you fly, even a few times a year, your carbon foot print may be larger than you think. So you may need to do more than just plant a tree.
This is where “offsetting flights” is an option, although not always a cheap one.
You’re already paying for your flight, the hotel, and all the other aspects of your holiday, now you can pay a fee to ease your guilt about your carbon footprint.
You pay a fee, and a company on your behalf uses that money to help offset your CO2 emissions. It can be by investing in renewable energy sources, planting trees, or a wide variety of things.
All to offset your CO2 footprint.
Some airlines even allow you purchase offsets from them.
Of course there are airlines that state they have lower CO2 emissions that other airlines, and you may try to tell yourself, I only fly short trips, no long haul flights.
The fact is that flying is flying, and planes pollute the skies.
Not Flying at All
If someone feels that strongly about CO2 emissions and wanting the skies clear and the air and Ozone to be fresh, why flay at all?
There are going to be destinations that getting there other than by plane is going to prove problematic, however, you may then ask yourself do I need to fly at all?
You can do a staycation and holiday here at home.
Use the Internet and other services for business meetings and sales conferences as to not have the skies full of business people jet setting about.
How committed are some to this cause, just ask musician, producer and artist Brian Eno, know popularly as just Eno.
One of the early bands Mr. Eno was in, Roxy Music, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, he did not however attend.
As to why he did not attend, he was not flying, due to “his commitment” regarding his carbon footprint.
Guitarist for Roxy Music Phil Manzanera said, “I spoke to Eno, and he’s thrilled to be inducted.”
“But he’s committed to not flying for a year for environmental reasons, and he’s halfway through. He said he feels bad about it. He’s very environmentally aware of his carbon footprint, and he doesn’t want to break this pledge, but he’s very happy for us.”
Not even for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.