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How kids can calculate the family’s carbon footprint August 10, 2009

The following is an excerpt from my Green Living column on the national edition of

A carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouse gas emissions an individual produces in his or her daily life.

Average individual emissions are calculated from your family’s lifestyle. Up2Me Kids explains that how your family heats and lights your home, and how energy efficient you are, can affect your overall impact on our environment.

What kinds of things increase my carbon footprint? ZeroFootprintKids narrows it down to 5 categories:

Transportation Does your family travel by car? How often? Do you ever ride a public bus, or go on airplane trips? For your family to travel to work or school, how much land was converted to road to help get you to your destination?

What you eat How much processing, land, and water were needed to produce your meals? How much packaging does your food require, both at the store and to carry it to school for lunch? How far did your food have to travel to reach your plate? Did it come by truck or plane?

Home and school How much heat, land, and water is used and/or wasted?

What you use What are the carbon dioxide emissions from your household appliances (stoves, dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer, computers, cell phones, DVD and game players)? How many  newspapers and magazines do you receive?

What you throw away How much land is required to dispose of household garbage? Do you turn off  lights, appliances and games when not in use?

For more info: 

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Reduce your carbon footprint

Why not calculate your household’s carbon footprint?
Go to  Zerofootprint kids’ calculator or try’s calculator



2 Responses to “How kids can calculate the family’s carbon footprint”

  1. Cool site, love the info.

  2. gaibraGag Says:

    I don’t know If I said it already but …Hey good stuff…keep up the good work! 🙂 I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,)

    A definite great read..


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