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Foot prints

  1. 1. Abigail LeGore
  2. 2. What is a carbon footprint?• The amount of carbon dioxide that enters the atmosphere because of the electricity and fuel you use• Measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide• Tonne- (metric ton) a unit of weight equivalent to 1000 kg• Everyone in this room has a carbon footprint
  3. 3. Your carbon footprint depends on:• How much energy you use to heat your home• The electronics and appliances you use• What kind of transport you use day-to- day• How often you fly
  4. 4. What do you mean by Carbon?• When people talk about carbon emissions and carbon footprints, they usually mean carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.• Carbon dioxide is released when we burn carbon- based fuels. Almost all fuels are carbon-based, including: • petroleum and diesel in our cars • gas, oil and coal in our homes and power stations • jet fuel in airplanes
  5. 5. What do you mean Carbon?• Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas - it traps the suns heat and keeps the earth warm.• Too much CO2 in the air leads to global warming• Other greenhouse gases, such as methane, also contribute to climate change• For individuals the most important carbon emission is carbon dioxide
  6. 6. How can you measure your carbon footprint?• http://carboncalculator.direct.gov.uk /index.html
  7. 7. How to reduce your Carbon Footprint• Insulating your home• Buying energy-efficient appliances• Switching off electronics at the wall• Walking, cycling or using public transportation• Vacationing closer to home• Recycling waste

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