What's My Carbon Footprint?

Your carbon footprint is the amount of carbon produced by all your activities. For instance, producing the electricity that powers your video game may be putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is also given off when you ride in a gasoline powered car.

You can think of your carbon footprint as a measure of your impact on the environment. Having a small carbon footprint is better than having a large one, and a good goal is to become what is known as “carbon neutral.” That’s when the combination of all your activities releases the same amount of CO2 as they absorb. When you are “carbon neutral,” your carbon footprint is zero.