Introduction – 30 Day Program
And so it begins. Each day this month I’m going to make an article with an idea for reducing your carbon footprint that is fast, cheap and simple.
Reducing your carbon footprint can be fast, cheap, and simple. This is day 1 of the 30 days shrink. Each day for the next month, I’m going to look at a fun and easy way you can reduce your carbon footprint and maybe save a little money sometime or improve your health. We’ll look at things like cycling somewhere new, starting a red patch, improving your fuel economy, getting more plants, getting the right light bulb.
Reducing your heating bill, composting your food, and cutting your electricity bill are all ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Purposeless walking is also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and enjoy the outdoors.
The typical carbon footprint for people in poorer nations is closer to one ton. For fast developing countries it might be five tons. Established European and Asian countries are closer to ten tons. Australia and Canada are more like 15. And for the U.S. it’s also 15 tons.
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The average global personal carbon footprint is approximately 5 tons. In order to keep warming below 2 degrees, we need to reduce that average global number to below 2 tons per person by 2050. If you try to cut your carbon footprint from 10 tons down to 2 tons overnight, it will be time consuming, expensive, and complicated. However, this is not the smartest way to start. It is best to focus on things that are fast, cheap, and simple. Over the next 30 days, we will focus on things that fit this criteria.
1: Introducing the Shrink
AROUND THE HOME
13: Turn off your gadgets
14: Change a light bulb
15: Seal an air leak
16: Control your heating
17: Control your cooling
18: Research your intensity
19: Research solar power
20: Save some water
I founded Shrink That Footprint in November 2012, after a long period of research. For many years I have calculated, studied and worked with carbon footprints, and Shrink That Footprint is that interest come to life.
I have an Economics degree from UCL, have previously worked as an energy efficiency analyst at BNEF and continue to work as a strategy consultant at Maneas. I have consulted to numerous clients in energy and finance, as well as the World Economic Forum.
When I’m not crunching carbon footprints you’ll often find me helping my two year old son tend to the tomatoes, salad and peppers growing in our upcycled greenhouse.