Simpleshow Explains the Carbon Footprint
You've probably been hearing a lot about climate change and how you should reduce your carbon footprint. But what's that exactly? Just like an actual footprint, it's a mark you leave upon the environment. No, not with your shoes but with every action that releases "Carbons". Those are the harmful gases, such as CO2, which are pumped out by burning fossil fuels, like oil or gas. And the more fuel is used, the bigger your footprint will be. You may think that by driving your car, the only carbons you release come from the engine, but no. Consider the carbons that are emitted just to get fuel into the tank: From the energy needed to extract the oil from underground, the pollution caused by transportation and refinement, to the final delivery to your local petrol station. Not to mention the CO2 released by manufacturing your car in the first place. More than you thought, eh?
So unless you live in a cave; you and everything you own has it's own carbon footprint: Read a book -- Printing and distributing it uses energy. Brush your teeth and your tools will have a history in a factory. Even something as basic as an apple could have traveled hundreds or even thousands of miles to end up in your local supermarket. You see, it's pretty much impossible to leave no carbon footprint behind. But by thinking about your actions and personal choices, maybe you can make your feet just that little bit smaller and really help to put the boot into climate change.