Green DIY tutorials: Calculate and cut your carbon footprint
With the COP15 conference nearly two months past, climate change continues to be one of the most talked-about environmental issues of the moment. In this week's tutorials, learn how to lower your carbon footprint -- and reduce your impact on climate change -- through small lifestyle changes.
With the COP15 conference nearly two months past, climate change continues to be one of the most talked-about environmental issues of the moment. In this week's tutorials, learn how to lower your carbon footprint - and reduce your impact on climate change - through small lifestyle changes.
Carbon Footprint Calculator:
A number of carbon footprint calculators can be found online. This user-friendly one from the Nature Conservancy examines carbon expenditures in four categories: home energy, driving & flying, food & diet, and recycling & waste.
Eat Low Carbon:
Another calculator, this one from Bon Appétit, is a thorough and entertaining look at food choices and low-carbon alternatives.
How to reduce your carbon footprint:
In this video, Patty Kim, correspondent for National Geographic's The Green Guide, proposes several practical, around-the-house tips for cutting carbon usage, with statistics about how each change will affect your yearly carbon footprint. Put all the tips into effect, says Kim, and you'll stop two tons of carbon dioxide from making it into the atmosphere.
This video tutorial from Howcast includes ten clear steps to reducing your carbon footprint. Includes ideas to use around the home, at the supermarket, and more.
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