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Carbon Week: Thinking About Your Carbon Footprint

This week, we’ve been looking at a few of the issues surrounding our carbon footprint and individual contributions to climate change, and some of the things you can do to cut back. Now that it’s Friday and “Carbon Week” is coming a close, we’ll wrap it up with a simple idea that everyone can implement, every day: think.

That’s right, all we really have to do to reduce our individual carbon footprints each day is think: about [url= http://www.sundance.tv/blogs/treehugger/390201328]how to reduce home energy use[/url]; about where our food comes from [www.sundance.tv]; about using alternative transportation [www.sundance.tv] and the list goes on and on. When you leave a room, think about whether or not you left a light on (and turn it off if you did!); when you shop for food, think about cutting back a bit on meat, and think about avoiding foods that have been shipped in from great distances; when it comes time to pay your bills, think about paying them online, and sign up for paperless billing if you can. When you think about engaging in carbon-intensive behavior, like flying or driving, and trips can’t be reduced or avoided altogether, think about offsetting your emissions [www.sundance.tv]. They are all small things, but they all add up and all make a difference; check out TreeHugger’s “How to Go Green” guides [www.treehugger.com] for more ideas.

As is evident by the posts this week, carbon emissions and our collective and individual carbon footprint is a complex, sometimes confusing problem with no quick solution — and we just had five quick posts scratch the surface. It isn’t a matter of throwing money at the problem (as with carbon offsets) or making one quick change (any of the actions listed above, for example) and calling it good. Though the problem of climate change is looming and getting larger, we can all make a positive difference every single day, and it all starts with one simple action: think.