What impact does your family’s lifestyle have on the earth? Find out by using the Carbon Footprint Calculator for Kids. You’ll be asked simple questions about what you eat, what you use, and what you throw away. The calculator will tell you how much land, trees, water, and carbon are used to support your lifestyle.
One of the coolest features is that you can compare your footprint with the footprint of kids in other countries. See how you compare to kids in China or India – you will be amazed at the difference!
Spend a little more time and take the test again, to see what would happen if you made some changes in your habits. I found out that by using fluorescent light bulbs (the spiral kind), drying my clothes outside, and getting rid of my magazine subscription (I can read it online instead) I could reduce my carbon footprint by 1/2 tonne of CO2 per year!
Give it a try and tell us your results. How did you feel when you got your score?
(PS: 1 tonne = 2205 lbs. I had to look that one up!)