Friday, 29 April 2011

My Carbon Footprint

Some of you may remember that last month we signed up and took part in WWF's "Earth Hour" to try to get the world to consider the impact of global warming.  If you too took part, well done; if you missed it, there's always next year.

I've recently received an email from WWF asking me to calculate my carbon footprint, and as I try to live a fairly green life I thought I'd give it a go.  You can too here at footprint.wwf.org.uk   It's quick and simple - just how I like it - and asks you questions about your diet, travel, modes of transport and lifestyle to calculate how many planet Earths it would take to sustain your lifestyle.  Now I'm just li'l old me, with my low-energy lightbulbs and wormery, but it has calculated that it would take 2.36 planets to sustain me.  Blimey!

But think about it for a moment; on the eco scale I'm probably somewhere on the greener side of average, which means for every person who lives in harmony with nature there's got to be at least a couple who are living without consideration for our planet and harming her a lot more.  To put it another way, if I'm using more than two planets, how much would a second world industrialist be using?  Or the friend who loves their gadgets and fast cars and uses them as a way of trying to show their worth?  It makes you think, doesn't it?

So I'm all signed up to try to improve my carbon footprint, and I'll share with you how I do.  Why don't you sign up too at footprint.wwf.org.uk and we can compare our results?

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