Carbon Footprint Challenge

Welcome to the Carbon Footprint Challenge!
HNP Ontario is hosting an event centred around reducing your carbon footprint.
This event will be held from November 14th to November 26th.
You will have 12 days to reduce your carbon footprint! Our wonderful sponsors have provided us with prizes to offer to you! We will have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

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What is Carbon Footprint?

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        A carbon footprint is similar to a normal footprint. Footprints are the marks you leave on the ground. Carbon footprints represent the mark we leave on the environment. A carbon footprint is essentially the total amount of CO2 and other greenhouse emissions that a group or an individual's daily action releases. Carbon footprints track the amount of energy you use and identify the sources of your emissions, this way you know what you need to reduce.

Why is it important?

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       Carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions are significant contributors to global warming. An increased amount of greenhouse gases results in more heat trapped in the Earth’s atmosphere, which has a detrimental effect on global warming. Each individual has a carbon footprint based on their lifestyle choices, such as the amount of meat a person consumes and the amount of fossil fuels they use regularly.

       A individual's carbon footprint varies, as some carbon footprints are lower than others. A lower carbon footprint, signifies that you are saving the environment and creating a safe environment. However, if you have a higher carbon footprint symbolizes that your actions and choices are warming up the earth and has unfavourable consequences to our environment. 

What causes Carbon Footprint?

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        Some major contributors to carbon footprints include: food (particularly meat), transportation, production, and consumption of fossil fuels, manufactured goods, and household energy. Meat or any animal derived product is a particularly big issue, as livestock—especially beef—is responsible for a significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions. This is because animals release a certain gas that can increase the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Transportation through cars, buses, and other automobiles also emit a lot of carbon dioxide due to travel, manufacturing and maintenance.

What's considered a "good" carbon footprint?

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       An acceptable carbon footprint is every country’s goal to achieve, and as responsible global citizens, we should all be concerned as well. To increase the possibility of reducing our overall global temperature to 2 degrees Celsius, each individual's carbon footprint must be lower than 2 tons by 2050. For more developed countries such as Canada and America, having a low carbon footprint is an attainable goal. Currently, the average Canadian's carbon footprint is 15.41 tons. To accomplish our goal, you should aim to reduce your carbon footprint to approximately 2 tons.

How do you calculate your carbon footprint?

You can calculate your carbon footprint for this challenge in four simple steps!

 

1.  Go to the HNP Ontario Carbon Footprint Calculator website: https://toughmoth17.qoom.space/Carbon_Footprint/Take_the_Quiz.html or click the CARBON FOOTPRINT CALCULATOR button at the bottom of the page.

2. Before the challenge, answer all of the questions on the website to the best of your abilities.

3. During the challenge, take pictures or videos as evidence of your effort to decrease your carbon footprint

 

4. After the challenge, answer all of the questions again on the website. This way we can see how much carbon footprint you’ve been able to reduce. 

How does carbon footprint relate to climate change & worldwide stats/facts about carbon footprint.

       Carbon footprint is a collective measure of greenhouse gases emitted by a population over a specific period. The greater your carbon footprint is, the more impact you will have on the climate.

 

       All of our actions have a direct impact on our greenhouse gas emissions. These emissions are damaging to the atmosphere and hazardous to humans as well as the surrounding habitats. Climate change has a detrimental effect on the natural environment, as demonstrated that over 1 million species are at risk of extinction by climate change.

 

       In addition, food accounts for 10-30% of a household’s carbon footprint and the production of food accounts for approximately 83% of total emissions. Corporations have the highest carbon footprints of all. Only a handful of 100 companies are responsible for more than 70% of the world’s emissions. This percentage could be due to deforestation for company infrastructures, as it amounts to 11% of all global greenhouse gas emissions.

 

       All of these sources of carbon emissions collectively harm the environment, which is causing climate change.