What is a Carbon FootprintA Carbon Footprint is the measure given to the amount of green house gases produced by a person or company (eg burning fossil fuels) measured in units of carbon dioxide (ie kg).
Like walking on a soft sandy beach everyone leaves a footprint, and the aim of this page, is to point to a number of ways in which this potential damage to our environment can be reduced.
The enviromentThe enviroment is our physical surroundings, everything we do or use in some way impacts the environment around us and the other communities with whom we share the planet.
Geographers are concerned about human action in the environment. Human interference with the environment causes problems such as; soil erosion, global warming and acid.
Our actions can help to increase and decrease the problems highlighted above.
Below are some things you can do to cut down on your Carbon Footprint:
- Switch off anything that doesn't need to be switched on (lights, TVs, computers, videos, photocopiers, monitors...)
- Reuse or recycle things instead of throwing them away
- Cut down the use of paper to send out post (mail) or fax, instead use recycled paper or SMS (text messages)
- Be careful with your water usage
- Only use a car when you really have to (and make sure you share when you do)
- Try not to fly, especially short haul, if there is another option.
- Turn your heating thermostat down by a degree or two
Take action now!