Even though I replaced my car with a bike, I still produce twice
the world average of CO2.
I read the other day that the output of greenhouse gasses has reached an all-time high and it got me to thinking about how much crap I do or don’t put into the air.
I don’t own a car, I ride my bicycle everywhere. And, I try my best to use as little fossil energy as I can in other aspects of my life. So I guess I was feeling pretty smug, that is until I went on-line and consulted one of those carbon footprint calculators to see just how environmentally responsible I actually am.
After I plugged in all my data I was rewarded with some good news and spanked with some not-so-good news. It turns out my carbon footprint is 11 tons of CO2 gasses per year. The good news is it’s less than half of a typical car-driving American who comes in at a whopping 27 tons per year; my bicycle-riding accounts for most of that decrease.
The not-so-good news is that even with all my carbon consciousness, I’m still producing exactly twice what the average person in the world produces at 5.5 tons per year.
I’m not sure what I can do to lower my footprint even more. In fact I don’t think I’d enjoy living at the 5.5 ton level even if I could achieve it.
Still, replacing gas-powered transportation with my bike makes a big dent in the amount of bad stuff I spew into the atmosphere, so I got that going for me. Which is nice.