We often look at decreasing our carbon footprint as a way to
do our part to minimize the effects of climate change. Shifting our thought process to a more
positive paradigm, though, encourages us to look at decreasing our carbon
footprint as a way to live more simply and meaningfully. Drying clothes outside, spending less on air
travel, making meaningful choices about where and how we work, and powering up
less “stuff”, all carbon footprint minimizing actions, are also ways to a
- Calculate your carbon footprint There are many
calculators available but this one includes a simple and advanced version,
compares your footprint to that of others like you, and provides some
suggestions for reducing your footprint.
good calculator is at https://www.werenew.net/. This one provides many suggestions and
allows you to form a team and goals for decreasing your carbon footprint.
about the suggestions for reducing your carbon footprint. Which would lead to a simpler, more
meaningful life? Investigate those suggested
changes and commit to one or several of them.
Materialism is not a part of a simple life, and plastics,
the packaging of most of our material goods, have surprisingly carbon-intense
life cycles. By 2030, emissions from the plastic industry will reach 1.34
gigatons per year (equivalent to more than 295 500-megawatt coal power
your plastic footprint.
suggested changes in your use of plastics, investigate options that are in
line with a simpler life, and commit to one or several of them.