April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day! What Is Your Carbon Footprint?


Today is Earth Day. Not just any Earth Day, but the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Every day I try to do things that take into account what my impact is on this planet.  We live in a certified ultra-energy efficient home. We switched out all our incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. We recycle.

Even BabyGirl is in on this ‘green movement’.  She’s interested in ways to be energy wise, and does not hesitate to let us know about our lack of being green.  Why do I teach her this stuff?  Oh, right, because that’s what I’m supposed to do.  And, evidently, then have it thrown back in my face when I let the water run or leave the lights on.  Oh well!

So, the other day when BabyGirl was ‘working’ on her computer she was, evidently, searching for more information to offer in her ‘Go Green’ class.  Yes, she has made a class. Although she did tell me that since I’m related I won’t have to pay.  Phew!

BabyGirl was asking me about our house and our car and our appliances.  And it got me thinking about our Carbon Footprint.  She showed me the site she was at.  She had gone to the Nature Conservancy to learn more and found this handy dandy Carbon Footprint Calculator. It asks about 15 questions which are easily answered and at the end gives you an idea of how you’re doing as compared to the average.

At the end of the calculator you’re provided with the opportunity to offset your carbon foot (donate). I’ve seen these offsets at the local health food store.  I’ve never done them, but I’ve heard they are very beneficial.

So, on this 40th Anniversary of Earth Day head over to the Nature Conservancy’s website and see what impression you’re leaving on this planet. I hope you’re treading lightly!



TracyC April 22, 2010 at 6:50 pm

very cool site!!! I was pleasently surprised to find that we are FAR below average for our size family. I guess it is true that every little bit helps!!!

Sara April 22, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Isn’t it such a great feeling to know that your efforts are appreciated by Mother Earth? You’re absolutely right that every little bit helps, because all those little things add up.

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