A carbon footprint refers to the amount of carbon used by an individual or organisations. A footprint is comprised of the amount of carbon used or a given period of time – for example- through energy consumed to heat and power a building, petrol or diesel used for travelling, or the carbon used in the production of materials purchased.
Our lifestyle choices all have an impact on our environment and climate change. We can all make a few quick changes in many areas of our lives which will reduce our environmental impact and make a positive contribution to tackling change.
There are many online carbon calculators which will help you do this such as WWF Footprint Calculator. These online tools are easy to use and will enable you to calculate your personal or households carbon footprint. You have to provide details or your home insulation, appliance and electrical goods used. To complete the online questionnaire you will typically need to provide details of your homes fuel bills, your home, your household appliances, and annual travel.
How can I involve my community group in tackling climate change and promote sustainable lifestyles?
There are a number of schemes designed to help many community groups, such as faith groups, Rotary Clubs and Women’s Institutes improve their local environment.
All faith groups are concerned with ethical and social implications of climate change, especially those already living in poverty in the developing world. Faith communities can play an important role in this by encouraging their communities to take action as individuals and as a community. Eco congregation offers all faith group a toolkit and action plan to incorporate environmental issues into their places or worship.
One good scheme is Every Action Counts. This scheme provide free advice, publications, action planning tools and trained Community Champions to enable your group to make easy and effective changes covering energy, travel, resources, ethical shopping and improving your local area.
The programme includes a network of Community Champions who go out and talk to a range of community groups and introduce them to the scheme, help develop an action plan and get the plans underway.
Officer from the local council and other agencies such as Hestia Managed Services and the Energy Saving Trust may also be able to advice.