Carbon Footprint Challenge

Why should you participate?

Why is it important?
  • Carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions are a significant contributor to global warming. An increase in emissions results in more heat trapped in the Earth’s atmosphere which has detrimental effects on global warming.

  • Everyone has a carbon footprint based on their lifestyle choices, however, depending on how much meat a person consumes and the amount of fossil fuels an is used, carbon footprint emissions may vary.

  • The lower your carbon footprint is, the more you contribute to saving the plant. Since your carbon footprint is directly related to how much greenhouse gases are found in the atmosphere which affects global warming rates.

What could you gain?
  • Satisfaction and a new lifestyle: After realizing how much carbon footprint you can reduce, and the impact your lifestyle has on this planet, by acknowledging your effect. You are also joining a new generation of change-makers, while potentially fostering new lifestyles.

  • Friendships: In a competitive space with like-minded individuals, there’s a lot of opportunity to meet new people and make new friends!

  • Learning new things: Learn all about sustainability, the impacts behind your choices and how to treat our planet.

Ways to reduce your carbon footprint

1. Reduce the fuel you consume in transport.

  • Take public transport more often, or consider an electric or hybrid car for your next vehicle.

  • Metrolinx's Smart Commute program is sponsoring Carpool Week from February 1 to 7. Carpooling reduces traffic congestion, greenhouse gas emissions, and saves you money.

2. Change your light bulbs to LEDs.

  • According to US sources, energy.gov4 and Design Recycle Inc.3, Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are a semi-conductor light source that has an environmental advantage over compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), halogen incandescents, and more traditional incandescent light bulbs (no longer manufactured). While they cost a little more upfront, they last far longer and use very little energy.

  • 5 90 percent of the energy in traditional bulbs was lost as heat. LEDs utilize a fifth of the energy of incandescent bulbs and last 25 times longer if properly certified. LEDs utilize 25 to 30 percent less energy than halogen incandescents and last 8 to 25 times longer.

  • Limit meat consumption 

  • Consume local and seasonal products 

  • Select from sustainable fishing 

  • Make sure never to buy more then you need

  • Use more public transportation 

  • Limit/Recycle your waste

  • Turn off the lights if you leave the room

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