To start off with, I thought we would calculate our carbon footprints and see where our starting point is.
I’ve shopped around a bit and there are many different calculators on the internet. Some measure more than others.
BP has a carbon footprint calculator here. It only measures household energy use and travel. Mine came out at 3 tonnes. My actual footprint must be much higher however as it did not take into account food and consumer items. My household energy use is fairly low as we use gas for heating and cooking, which actually burns far less carbon than electricity, I don’t have things like TVs or stereos, and our flat is so warm we barely use the heating anyway. Travel was the real kicker. I came out at almost zero for ground travel as I don’t own a vehicle and never take taxis so it’s public transport or walking everywhere. However, I fly a LOT. I’ll look at what I can do about that in another post.
So, what’s yours?