What is Your Carbon Footprint?
If you ever wondered what your carbon footprint number was, you can calculate it here.
What is most remarkable is that if this calculator is correct, it is not what you drive but how often you fly that really impacts your carbon footprint. (7.5 tons per year is the average). Thus, you can drive a Toyota Prius and take five bi-coastal roundtrip flights between New York and Los Angeles and your footprint is “average.” Or you can drive a Toyota Tundra pickup truck and take one bi-coastal roundtrip flight and your footprint is still “average.”
My carbon footprint was much larger than average, primarily because I attend too many international law conferences on the East Coast and in Europe. Basically every LA-NY roundtrip flight I took added one point to my score.
So I guess if you really cared about global warming you should avoid taking any unnecessary flights. Unless of course you are willing to spend an extra $30 per trip to buy a carbon offset.