What is your carbon footprint? According to the United States Environmental Protections Agency, the carbon footprint is defined as a measure of the greenhouse gases that are produced by activities of a person, a family, a school or a business that involve burning fossil fuels. The amount of CO2 created by your lifestyle choices affects your carbon footprint, such as the way you travel, the energy you use at home and recycling.
Do you know how much your carbon footprint will impact the environment during your travels this Thanksgiving holiday? Of course, all of the traveling throughout the Thanksgiving holiday will greatly impact the environment. There are a variety of changes you can make that will lower your carbon footprint while traveling and help you have an eco-friendly holiday.
Method of Transportation
If you have to travel a long distance, consider traveling by train or bus; they are more carbon efficient than traveling by car or airplane. If you do have to travel by plane, you can make a more eco-friendly choice by booking a non-stop flight if at all possible.
If you are attending a large family gathering for Thanksgiving, carpool with other family members in your area. In the United States, automobiles produce over 20 percent of total carbon emissions.
Improve Gas Mileage
The Nature Conservancy reports that in order to save 300 pounds of carbon dioxide for every 10,000 miles you drive, your car tires must be fully inflated. Check your tires monthly to ensure they are in good condition.
Drive More Efficiently
Aggressive driving is a gas waster, so be attentive to how much you are accelerating and braking. Drive the speed limit and travel lightly. Go through your vehicle before leaving on your trip and eliminate any unnecessary items from your trunk that would add extra weight. This will help with your gas mileage.
Visit www.fueleconomy.gov for some great tips on keeping your car in shape.
Regardless of which method of transportation you decide on this Thanksgiving, pack light! The fewer luggage you load onto an airplane, train or car; the less impact you will be making with your carbon footprint.
To calculate your carbon footprint, go here.
Climate Change: What You Can Do, The Nature Conservancy
United States Environmental Protection Agency