Thank you to Twisted Yarns for pointing out to me that to look at our carbon footprint I must also be willing to calculate energy and fuel consumption. This is what I did today
Twisted Yarns sent m to a great website that calculates your carbon footprint: http://www.whatsmycarbonfootprint.com/calculate.htm
When my partner and I entered our data, we were surprised to find that our household emits 104,771 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. We are slightly higher than average….. and in this case (unlike on standardized tests) above average is NOT a good thing……. I think one of the things that pushed us from average to slightly higher was all of the long-haul flights we take each year. My partner and I are living far away from our families…. it is at least 18 hours worth of flight time to get to either family (and, of course, they are nowhere near each-other).
Take the time to learn how you are effecting your environment (thank you again, Twisted Yarns!!!)
Today, 253 days ’til 40, I continue to be amazed at the reality of the footprint my family is leaving on the world…. it makes me realize I must, at least, consciously look at everything I am doing and seeing how I can make small efforts to reduce the impact my family has on our environment. I need to start looking at the small steps we can take. I hope you do too.