Your carbon footprint is the total amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) that various activities (like driving and shopping) release into the atmosphere, but did you know that carbon offsets are able to erase that ‘mark?’
This harmful gas is actually a greenhouse gas (GHG), which contribute to global warming. There are many greenhouse gasses, but the two most harmful and prevalent are carbon dioxide and methane (CH4). In some cases during this quiz, you may see “CO2e” …this is “carbon dioxide equivalent,” a term for describing various greenhouse gases, with a common unit.
How much do you know about offsets and your footprint?
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Question 5) What industry is responsible for roughly 10% of all human emissions?
- Producing and transporting clothes generates 10% of global annual greenhouse gas emissions.4
Question 7) How many tons of methane (CH4) did the world’s waste sector generate in 2016?
- Bacteria decomposing waste produces CH4. Large quantities of waste emit large quantities of this harmful greenhouse gas – as much as 1.4 million tons.5
Question 8) According to the Paris Climate Agreement, humans should limit the global temperature rise well below:
- To avoid catastrophic environmental and social impacts, the Paris Agreement stipulates humans must not allow the global temperature to rise 2 degrees Celsius above temperatures recorded in pre-industrial levels.6
Question 9) True or False? Contrary to meat, alcohol and confectionary have small carbon footprints.
- Both alcohol and sweets emit significant amounts of CO2e in their production and transportation processes.7
Question 10) Reducing your carbon footprint requires:
- Reducing your carbon footprint requires a holistic approach and careful considerations and choices in your day-to-day life. It might sound overwhelming at first, but small steps make a huge difference!
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1Green Eatz. (n.d.). Food’s Carbon Footprint. Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from www.greeneatz.com: https://www.greeneatz.com/foods-carbon-footprint.html
2Kommenda, N. (2019, 07 19). How your flight emits as much CO2 as many people do in a year. Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from www.theguardian.com: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2019/jul/19/carbon-calculator-how-taking-one-flight-emits-as-much-as-many-people-do-in-a-year
3Schlossberg, T. (2017, 06 12). How Much Do You Know About Solving Global Warming? Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from www.nytimes.com: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/09/climate/drawdown-climate-solutions-quiz
4The World Bank. (2019, 09 23). How Much Do Our Wardrobes Cost to the Environment? Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from www.worldbank.org: https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2019/09/23/costo-moda-medio-ambiente
5Ritchie, H. & Roser, M. (n.d.). Emissions by sector. Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from ourworldindata.org: https://ourworldindata.org/emissions-by-sector
6United Nations Climate Change. (n.d.). The Paris Agreement. Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from unfccc.int: https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/the-paris-agreement/the-paris-agreement
7Kanemoto, K., Moran, D., Shigetomi, Y., Reynolds, C., & Kondo, Y. (2019). Meat Consumption Does Not Explain Differences in Household Food Carbon Footprints in Japan. One Earth, 1(4), 464–471. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2019.12.004