Carbon Footprint

Carbon Footprint / Race to Zero

What is Carbon Footprint and the Race to Zero?

A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases (including carbon dioxide and methane) that are generated by our actions.

 

Race To Zero is a global campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, investors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth.

The BBC have produced two short videos about an individualโ€™s carbon footprint.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/science-environment-56822950

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/science-environment-55437567

They suggest there are five areas where individuals can move towards their own carbon net zero position:

  • Looking at your electricity suppliers who claim to be using renewable sources
  • Think about what you eat
  • Replacing imported foods with locally grown, in season, foods
  • Think about where you place your money (is it being used to fund fossil fuel industries?)
  • Rethink your transport options, reuse and repair things rather than buying new

BBCโ€™s Reality Check also discusses the options of offsetting your carbon emissions (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/58337283).

Many organisations have joined the UN Race to Zero (ย https://unfccc.int/climate-action/race-to-zero-campaign) to reduce their own carbon footprint to zero.

Why not write to your local representative (MP, County / District / Parish Councillor) to ask about their policies on promoting and assisting with the reduction of our Carbon Footprint and the Race to Zero?