I don’t know about you but I seem to be in various “groups” on facebook. There’s a crafting one, a reduce plastic one and a sustainable living one to name but a few. I enjoy these groups and they are mostly easy going places where I can pick up different tips.
Last week however, someone posted this link in one the groups. A link to a calculator to work out your carbon footprint. The original poster lived in Australia and flew home to Britain a few times a year so as expected her carbon footprint was pretty high.
I was excited to try out the link to see what my footprint was. We are a family of 4, a guinea pig and a tortoise and we try to live as sustainably as possible. So I took the quiz and got the results….
I’ve got to be honest I was a bit shocked. I didn’t think it would be so high!
The quiz is split into 4 sections and the results give you a breakdown of each section:
From the results above, it seems that we fall down on the travel section. We have been abroad twice this year already but only once by plane, we have two cars, Hubby commutes almost an hour each way 5 days a week, I have a medium sized family car which I use to ferry the kids about to their various activities and to carry my stuff from school to school when needed for my job. We do walk to school as often as we can, even in winter, but sometimes it is necessary for me to drive the kids the mile to school.
It also gave a breakdown of our carbon emissions. Apparently we are just lower than the UK average but much, much higher than the world average.
I realise that this isn’t an accurate figure as it uses guesstimates based on your answers to a quiz that doesn’t really cover all the bases. It is however, a good starting point.
Does anyone know of a better calculator? Have you tried this one? Please let me know