We all know the planet is in crisis. From climate change to the pollution of our oceans – has anyone not seen the videos of plastic in our seas – and devastation of our forests. We have to take collective responsibility and it’s up to us all to fix the problem. But to do that, we have to take personal responsibility for our own impact, and we need to understand what our impact is.
There are some really great tools for measuring your footprint. Here are a few of our favourites.
Global Footprint Calculator: Ecological Footprint used by Earth Day too
Have a go at them, they all look at different aspects with varying levels of detail.
So what can you do to reduce your footprint?
There are some really simple steps you can take.
Change your diet! Eat locally, don’t waste food, reduce the amount of meat you eat, stop with the take outs, buy seasonal, grow your own.
Think about your purchases. You have the power to ensure what you buy is sustainable.
Think about clean energy. If you’re not sure where to start, head over to the The Big Clean Switch
Travel well. Cut our unnecessary transport-based journeys and use your legs – bike, scoot, even skate! If you need to use a vehicle; car share, use public transport.
Reduce, reuse, recycle.
Look at ways to make your house more earth-friendly. Just sorting out drafts and turning off plugs will make a difference and will save you money too.
Have you seen any great sites to help knowing what your carbon footprint is? Let us know in the comments.