What is a Carbon Footprint?

If every single person on this planet reduces their carbon footprint by just a little bit, the ozone layer will repair itself.

A carbon footprint is something that every person has.  It is the total set of GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions caused directly by an individual, each one of you has your own, or an organization, event or product.  Our Carbon Footprint is measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide in which carbon is released into the atmosphere, contributing to pollution on the earth. These footprints are made up from almost every activity in our daily lives. Obvious usage is electricity and water consumption, your car and air travel.  The indirect measurements or embodied carbon emissions come from the growing, manufacturing and transport of all our ‘things’ we have in our life- food, clothes, furniture, appliances, books, nearly everything in our lives. Some activities have none- ie walking on the beach, riding a bike (however the bike has embodied carbon emissions in the manufacturing).

Did you know Australian's have the biggest carbon footprint in the world! Basically this is because of our dependence on fossil fuel and most Australians live in luxurious homes compared with the rest of the world.

Once the size of a carbon footprint is known, a strategy can be devised to reduce it.