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?
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