How to measure your environmental impact
The effect that an individual or group has on the environment
While calculating your carbon production might not be top on your list of things to do it’s a great way of monitoring your environmental impact and will open your eyes to what you can do to improve it.
There are lots of calculators online which are really easy to use. The calculators rely on you inputting various stats on your home, travel, and dietary habits, and it will provide you with an annual carbon production result. You aren’t limited to calculating for the year as you can also opt to calculate just one element of your carbon contribution e.g. a particular journey.
Carbon calculators are a great way of gaining awareness around the impact you’re having on the environment and you can use them to offset your carbon. Offsetting carbon however isn’t a long-term solution and ultimately we should be cutting down on our carbon production.
While the idea isn’t to get you to give up all of your habits/pleasures it just helps you to be aware of your day to day choices and the impact they have on the environment. If you can sacrifice or swap one or two of your actions it will all add up and make a difference to our planet.
Keep an eye out for next week’s article on carbon offsetting!
Lauren works for a public health charity, has been vegetarian for 11 years (newly vegan this year) and volunteers for an animal charity in her spare time. Her favourite eco product is the Face Halo.