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  • Lauren Duhon

Track Your Carbon Footprint

Updated: Jun 9, 2021

We are all on a journey.

Putting one foot in front of the other, day by day.

And by tracking our carbon footprint, we can be more conscious of our impact on the environment and make that imprint less detrimental along the way.

A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases that are generated by our individual actions.

According to the Nature Conservancy, 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.

Tracking your carbon footprint doesn’t need to be difficult either.

There are many apps and platforms out there, all of which can calculate your carbon footprint and/or track your lifestyle to help change your behaviors.

Most of these platforms follow this premise: you can either input or automate your actions, make changes, find alternatives for a more sustainable lifestyle, and monitor your individual progress or even compare with your friends.

For example, say you want to leave a lasting impact by switching to renewable energy.

You could gage where you’re at in your household electricity consumption based on initial calculations, switch to a renewable energy provider (if you can in your region) or even purchase carbon offset credits, then track your progress as you reduce your carbon footprint over time.

Some apps that you can download on your phone include Klima, Aerial, Footprint, Greenly, Eevie and more.

Another way to approach this is through spending, which is what Joro does. It calculates, tracks and offsets your carbon footprint based on your spending habits.

Platforms on your computer will calculate your footprint and offer similar solutions.

One of those is Wren, a web platform that makes it easy to offset your carbon footprint and helps everyone to act against climate change.

Although not an app you can take on your phone, you’re able to start curbing your emissions and altering your individual carbon footprint.

For a simple solution, such as a calculator, Terrapass provides one and even offers up the ability to purchase carbon offsets. There are many examples of calculators as a starting point, even as simple as visiting the Environmental Protection Agency’s website.

There are a lot of examples and a variety of means for taking a look at your individual carbon footprint, but you may ask: why should I want to know my carbon footprint?

Although action on a much larger scale is needed, across businesses, industries, municipalities and more, conscious thinking toward our individual impact is always a good practice.

Reducing your carbon footprint is about leaving behind a more sustainable future.

If we want to leave the planet better than we found it, being a part of lessening the burden on Mother Nature is imperative.

Learn more about the steps you can take to live more sustainably.

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