What is Carbon Footprint?
What is Carbon Footprint? We’ve heard the word- but what does it really mean?
A carbon footprint, according to The World Health Organization, is a measure of the impact your activities have on the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) produced through the burning of fossil fuels and is expressed as a weight of CO2 emissions produced in tonnes.
The average carbon footprint for a person in the United States is 16 tons, one of the highest rates in the world. Globally, the average is closer to 4 tons. To have the best chance of avoiding a 2℃ rise in global temperatures, the average global carbon footprint per year needs to drop under 2 tons by 2050.
The image above is a great infographic on what each person can do to reduce their carbon footprint.
A few years ago, I started Planet Renu after research and the realization that I could do a better job and reduce my carbon footprint. I then thought it was important to share what I’ve learned through education (presentations, articles, social media, etc) as well as offer eco products - many of them plastic replacements. I enjoy sharing on how we can all make a difference and reduce our carbon footprint.