Leaving a carbon footprint

In the first lesson on Climate Change, we wrote a story about climate change and we used the key words : greenhouse gases, emission, global warming, climate change, fossil fuels, atmosphere and renewable energy. This started to make me think about how everyone leaves a carbon footprint - even dogs! Therefore, I decided to do some research into how activities can leave a footprint. Before I go on, I am going to explain what is meant by a carbon footprint.Your carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide you as a person release onto the earth.

For example, when we think of pollution and fossil fuels, one of the first things that comes to mind is cars and planes. However, there is a shocking amount of carbon footprint in other items. Lamb has one of the highest carbon footprints for food. It produces 39.2 CO2 Kilos equivalent -which is the same as 91 car miles!

Obviously, this does not mean that food is the main cause of your carbon footprint and there are some things you may not even realise are making one. When you buy certain things from shops, do you ever think about the process to make them? Crayons are a prime example of this. They have to be made in a factory and many are produced in other countries meaning that the travel to this country adds even more carbon footprint.

Therefore, this brought me to the conclusion that everyone has had a part to play in climate change however not an equal part.


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