What is your impact?
Have you ever thought about your impact on the fragile world? With Global Warming taking precedence over most other environmental headlines, and rightfully so, as it seems to be one thing that we can change. Or at least try to change while there is still time or hope left.
I’ve always thought of myself as an environmentally sensitive person. I use mass transit, when I drive I use a tiny Honda hatchback, for the most part I am vegetarian, I recycle and use reusable shopping bags and compact florescent light bulbs, but what was my carbon output? With more research into this topic I found that for the estimated 22 tons of carbon that I output per year I can neutralize this by purchasing carbon credits. This works by offsetting my used carbon with carbon absorbing activities to compensate, an example would be planting trees, or investing in renewable energy like wind, solar etc.
Example, you are an American that must drive your super sized SUV, but that tinge of guilt hits, especially after you experienced one of the hottest summers on record. You can become carbon neutral by buying enough carbon credits to neutralize your SUV output. You can have your Cake and eat it too.
Sounds a bit familiar, much like the ancient Catholic practice of purchasing indulgences, which helped bring about the protestant reformation movement.
Although my usage is below the national average, which is 27 tons, it is vastly more than the world average, which is only 5.5 tons. That is something to think about it. As a modern American I am seemingly required to use lots energy, I need to be glued to my computer nearly 24/7 and I need to drive to my jobs which is also computer necessary, as well as, stay up late working with lights on.
I am embarrassed that the United States refused to sign the Kyoto treaty, with our 2% of the world population and 80% use of the world’s resources. Pretty ballsy of us Americans, the least we should do is attempt to become carbon neutral on an individual basis. Find out more.
What is your carbon footprint? Calculate your carbon output.
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