Carbon Footprint

The Carbon Footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere by a person, family, building, organization, or company. Greenhouse gases are those that can absorb and emit infrared radiation in the Earth’s atmosphere: water vapor (H2O), carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), ozone (O3).


Typical Persons Carbon FootPrint
Gas, Oil, and Coal 15%
Recreation 14%
Electricity 12%
Public Services 12%
Private Transportation 10%
Household building/furnishing 9%
Carbon in Car Manufacturing 7%
Holiday Flights 6%
Food and Drink 5%
Clothes and Personnel Effects 4%
Public Transportation 3%
Financial Services 3%
Reducing ones carbon footprint is vital to fighting global warming. Global warming is a gradual increase in the Earth’s temperature. If carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases continue to build up in the air, rising temperatures will make the Earth uninhabitable.

  1. Consume less energy by using high-efficiency Energy Star appliances, lightbulbs, water heaters.
  2. Unplugging electronics when not in use 
  3. Buy locally produced food and switch to a more vegetarian diet 
  4. Make energy efficient transportation choices – use public transportation, buy fuel-efficient vehicles, drive slower
  5. Conserve water
  6. Recycle paper, plastics, aluminum, etc. 

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