Most consumers do not realize that in their every day lives they actually create or contribute to the creation of a lot of [tag]green house gases[/tag], specifically carbon dioxide, so understanding your carbon footprint is an excellent way to begin making more environmentally sound decisions that in the long run when combined with other peoples efforts will make real change.
Understanding your [tag]carbon footprint[/tag] is a pretty complex issue, one best left to the academics. However thanks to the wonders of the Internet we can use various websites and on line tools to get a pretty good approximation of our carbon footprint, both on the individual and household levels. The best place to start research on your carbon footprint is a good Google search when you have a little extra time on your hands.
Depending on the website or tool that you use for determining your carbon foot print you will need to input information like what make and model of car do you drive, how far do you drive, do you own or rent your home, what are your recreational activities like, and sometimes websites can get as detailed as evaluating your eating choices. After all eating [tag]locally grown food[/tag] contributes a lot less towards your carbon footprint then eating food shipped cross country in refrigerator trucks.
Evaluating your carbon footprint will not only make you more [tag]eco friendly[/tag], but it will also make you a much more informed consumer. A person capable of thinking about their purchasing power on a whole new level.