Being environmentally friendly was always a trait I thought I possessed, but I was lying to myself all along. I recently discovered my carbon footprint – a calculation that helps you measure how much carbon dioxide we emit through the burning of fossil fuels in our lives.
Well, my carbon footprint outmeasures my real size 9′s. It seems like a simple quiz on how you live your life – asking me about the gas & energy bills for my house, my car, my air travel and even how much I shower. Then the results – I use 10.06 tons of carbon dioxide per year!! It even gave me tips at the end to help me conserve that were tailored to how I answered the questions. Most of mine had to do with the lack of recycling, which is something I’ve resolved to amend by researching recycling facilities where I live.
I was prompted to do this by my old buddy Matt Lauer. Matt and I go way back – I’ve been waking up to his kind face for years. NBC and some other companies have been advocating a "Green is Universal" campaign recently and I decided to check it out. That’s how I found out that I (and most of you, apparently) am not very environmentally friendly.
Another downright dirty thing about us humans – in the end, we will each leave about 90,000-pounds of trash behind. And water? Even worse! According to the lovely people at the Today show, 40% of the water pumped into our homes is flushed right down the toilet.
And why am I caring now, you might say? Maybe because its never been easier to change. As a people, we’ve never been more aware or known more about how to fix the destruction we’ve caused. There’s never been more alternatives or opportunities to change.
Easy fixes – use your microwave! If it costs 10 cents to heat something in a microwave, the same thing would cost 48 cents to heat in a standard oven. Stop staring in refrigerator! It’s the biggest energy hog in your kitchen. Refrain from getting receipts when you don’t need them – especially at the ATM. Honestly, you’ll probably turn around and toss it anyway. Quit buying CD’s – if you download them (legally, of course), you’ll save in a lot of waste as well. Do the little things and continually graduate yourself to add more environmentally friendly actions. Go ahead, be the DIFF….