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Earth Day: 5 ways to reduce your carbon footprint today

Start reducing your carbon footprint
Start reducing your carbon footprint

April 22, 2010 is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

According to the Columbia Encyclopedia, "The first Earth Day was organized in 1970 to promote the ideas of ecology, encourage respect for life on earth, and highlight growing concern over pollution of the soil, air, and water. "

How can you do your part to protect our planet?  You can start by taking real steps to reduce your carbon footprint today.  Not sure what exactly a carbon footprint is?

According the, "A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment, and in particular climate change. It relates to the amount of greenhouse gases produced in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating and transportation etc. "

Here are 5 simple things you can do to get started today:

1. Change your light bulbs. You can reduce your carbon footprint by 5,000 pounds over the life of the bulbs, simply by replacing 3 incandescent light bulbs with 3 compact fluorescent light bulbs.

2. Use rechargeable batteries. You can reduce your carbon footprint by 1,000 pounds over the life of the batteries.

3. Buy local. Make a commitment to shop your local farmers markets. By buying locally produced goods and services, you can eliminate thousands of pounds of carbon by stopping massive fossil-fuel-reliant transportation demands.

4. Inflate your tires. It's a fact that you get better gas mileage when the tires are fully inflated, so it will burn less gas and emit less carbon. You can save 300 pounds of carbon dioxide for every 10,000 miles you drive.

5. Recycle. Recycling uses less energy and produces less pollution than making new items.

Start small, but start now. The possibilities are many and every little bit counts. For an extensive list of way you can make a difference, go to

Want to know what your household carbon footprint is, click here.


  • Felice 5 years ago

    Thanks for this info -- good to know in general and especially today!

  • Jen 5 years ago

    Great tips!

  • Datacentre Design Association 4 years ago

    Data centres are major power users with considerable carbon footprints. Such huge clusters of servers not only require power to run but also power to be cooled. It’s estimated that data centres, which house Internet, business and telecommunications systems and store the bulk of our data, consume close to 4 percent of the worlds power supply. see
    The current volume estimate of all electronic information is roughly 1.2 zettabytes, the amount of data that would be generated by everyone in the world posting messages on Twitter continuously for a century. More stunning: 75 percent of the information is duplicative. By 2020, experts estimate that the volume will be 40 times greater than it was in 2010.

  • tax slave 4 years ago

    carbon-speak is propaganda. Would you prefer the carbon dioxide or the nuclear fall out? How bout writing about the impact of Fukushima on the entire Northern Hemisphere? I dont know of any organism that feeds off of fallout. I've heard that plant life needs carbon dioxide to survive, and they give off this filthy oxygen stuff as "waste". The carbon lie was created to fool americans into giving up their freedoms and agree to pay more fees fines and taxes (feedom). wake up... Its not as bad as you have been programmed to believe. You've been brainwashed.... Change Your light bulbs!!! Have you read the clean up instructions if you break a curly Q mercury bulb?? You are promoting the contamination of homes? Have you read the truth about generating electric? you have been mislead to believe that electric is difficult to create. It is Free. They create it for a fraction of what they tell you it costs them. Stop believing everything on the TV and in the newspapers. They are all owned and controlled by the global banking cartels that want to tax you til death and suffocate you in debt. Why do you think our national debt is so high? Its a lie! And you all buy into it! The Banking cartel owns us, because we allow it!! They create "money" out of thin air and you have to struggle and work to repay it WITH INTEREST, and they didn't even break a sweat for the 30 seconds it took to enter your debt into a computer.. Fed Reserve is a PONZI SCHEME people! Selling bonds to pay for old ones!!

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