What's Your Carbon Footprint?
Our carbon footprint measures how much carbon dioxide each of us produce by, for example, using energy in our homes and when we travel. We can measure this by working out our carbon number. We can tackle climate change by lowering our carbon number.
Did you know?
In 2011 the average Irish person had a carbon number of 8. This is because the amount of carbon dioxide produced when we use energy was about 8 tonnes per person. What ways can you think of that we use energy every day?
The average carbon number of a person in the USA is 17. Why do you think they produce more than us?
The average carbon number of a person in India is 2. Why do you think they produce less than us?
People in developed countries use more energy than those in developing countries. Why do you think that is?
What can we do?
- Walk, cycle or take the bus, it uses less energy than going by car.
- Don’t waste energy, switch things like lights and TVs off (not just on standby) when they are not in use.
- Encourage adults to choose energy efficient like light bulbs and appliances with an A on the energy label. They do the same job with less energyso they save money too!
- Think about the things you buy – food, clothes, toys – where they come from, how they are made, how far they are travelled, how they are packaged.
- Remember to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as you can!
- Go on a carbon diet! Try to use less energy and less carbon dioxide in everyday life.
Do you have any suggestions on how you can lower your own carbon number? Try the carbon calculators listed below to find your carbon number.