Your carbon footprint is measured by the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) your lifestyle produces. Things like driving a car, heating your home, use of electricity all produce carbon dioxide. The amount of carbon dioxide you produce over a certain amount of time is your carbon footprint.
Keep in mind that your footprint includes your own CO2 production, and a portion of the CO2 emitted in the manufacture of products you use. It’s tough to allocate one person’s individual portion of the emissions created in the production of a disposable bottle of water, but there are websites and CO2 footprint calculators available on the internet to help you figure it out.
Below are a few websites to help you do just that, calculate your carbon footprint:
The Nature Conservancy Carbon Footprint Calculator
Visit all three of the sites. Check your carbon footprint thrice. Sometimes it takes multiple times for it to sink in. If you’re anything like me, after seeing your carbon footprint, you’ll be a lot more receptive to the tips for reducing your CO2 emissions.