We all have a carbon footprint. It is the measure of the
direct effect your actions as an individual or within an organization and lifestyle have on the environment in terms of carbon dioxide emissions or Greenhouse Gasses or GHGs. The term tread lightly often comes to mind when discussing our carbon footprint. When I used to walk in nature in the Canadian Rockies with my tour groups I used to tell my guests that they were allowed to take only a picture and leave only a foot print. Our collective carbon footprint however needs to be as small as it can possibly be if we are going to leave our planet for future generations in a better state than it is today.
Included in our measure of our carbon footprint are the obvious factors including transportation, manufacturing, fossil fuel burning power plants (and thereby electricity usage). When we think globally and act locally we are taking very conscious actions to reduce our footprint. Consumer choices that include energy efficient goods made of sustainable materials is a great place to start. eCause Canada works with you by helping you make some of these products available to you and your community while raising money for your needs.
Besides making wise consumer choices there are actions that we can take to help the environment better deal with greenhouse gasses. Older tree growth and green spaces produce oxygen and reduce carbon dioxide. There is also the concept of purchasing carbon offset credits which is a solution, but at the same time does not give immediate results to the issue at hand. Certainly supporting companies that plant trees and recycle goods is a wonderful thing but carbon offsets need to be part of a bigger plan.
On a side note our Ecological Footprint is a measure of human demand on the Earth's ecosystems. It compares human demand with planet Earth's ecological capacity to regenerate. It represents the amount of biologically productive land and sea area needed to regenerate the resources a human population consumes and to absorb and render harmless the corresponding waste. Using this assessment, it is possible to estimate how much of the Earth (or how many planet Earths) it would take to support humanity if everybody lived a given lifestyle.
Some of the above information was paraphrased from Wikipedia.