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post Jun 28 2009, 01:48 PM
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So, I've finally given in to the horror that is car ownership. For people that are bothered about such things, it's a Y-reg Ford Focus, 73k miles, and more importantly is coloured green.

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I filled it up with petrol and felt pretty horrible about the fact that I am burning a substance that took millions of years to come into existence, so can anyone recommend a good site where I can fund the planting of trees or other projects to try and get some carbon footprint neutrality?


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post Jun 29 2009, 11:03 AM
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I did want a diesel for those reasons but I couldn't find one in our price range. And yes, I also feel bad about using electricity or even going on a bus (though not as bad about that as driving a car), and especially about all the packaging that goes around every damn thing that I buy. I've recycled since I left home and try to buy my food with as little packaging as possible, but there's really no way of avoiding the simple fact that I'm using up resources that can't be replaced.

I live in rented accomodation, but when I get my own place I definitely want to look at options for natural or more balanced energy sources.

I just ran my stats through a calculator. They're not bad, but they're certainly not good:

* Your household footprint is 6.69 tonnes per year
* The average footprint for people in United Kingdom is 9.80 tonnes
* The average for the industrial nations is about 11 tonnes
* The average worldwide carbon footprint is about 4 tonnes
* The worldwide target to combat climate change is 2 tonnes

I probably over estimated on a few things. It was interesting that the vast majority of that came from 'secondary' carbon usage, such as packaging on products or only having a medium preference for locally sourced foods.

http://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx

I've just donated 60 to carbon offsetting projects in South America, which has the plus sides of balancing my household's carbon output as well as providing support for poorer communities. Hooray!


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