Repost from Carbonfund.org

 

  • The average American is responsible for a whopping 50,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions annually. Some examples of your carbon footprint are:
  • When your car’s engine burns fuel it creates CO2, the amount generated depends on its fuel consumption and the driving distance.
  • Heating your house with oil, gas, or coal also generates CO2.
  • Even if you heat (or cool) your house with electricity, CO2 is emitted during the generation of electrical power, most of which comes from coal in the US.
  • When you buy food and goods, the production of the food and goods creates CO2; again, the amount depends on where the foods and goods came from and how they were created.
  • Traveling on a plane generates CO2 in the same ways a car does.
  • Weddings even create CO2 emissions!
  • Consider all the indirect emissions you are in part responsible for: the roads we drive on, the schools our kids attend, the mall and grocery story, our shared military and city hall. It all adds up.