What’s all the fuss about Carbon Footprint?


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Carbon footprint is defined as: The total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).

Did you know the typical household uses approximately 48 tons of CO2 per year?  How much land area does it take to support your lifestyle?  Click here to calculate your footprint.

I calculated my CO2 footprint for traveling to this expedition. Between flying and driving from South Korea to Ushuaia and back, I added 10.2 tons of CO2 to the atmosphere! I need to offset those emissions so I will be doing a lot of walking and biking when I return to Korea.

The 2041 Team takes their carbon footprint very seriously.  Check out the information from their pre-expedition documents: 2041 Responsible Expeditions.

What’s the point of all this?
The earth has a biological capacity to handle a lot of carbon. But we consistently “overshoot” the world capacity and end up with a deficit.

We don’t have to get crazy or hysterical. We need to be aware of how our actions are affecting our home.  We need to make conscious choices to reduce our carbon footprint.  Ideas on how to do this later…

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