What is a Carbon Footprint?

The amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of the activities of a particular individual, organization, or community.

Every single one of us has a carbon footprint, which means we each have a responsibility to reduce carbon emissions.

  • Reduce the amount of plastic packets we use
  • Reduce the amount of product we buy that has non-recyclable packaging 
  • Reduce our food waste, by buying only what we need
  • Reduce our carbon emissions by keeping food from landfill

The average carbon footprint for a person in the United States is 16 tons, one of the highest rates in the world. Globally, the average is closer to 4 tons. 

Each time we switch on the television or turn on the stove, we are causing carbon emissions.  That’s because over 90% of our electricity in South Africa is generated from burning coal.  Fossil fuels are one of the largest contributors to harmful carbon emissions.  Food waste is also a massive contributor.   While it is hard to live without electricity, we can look at ways of:

  • reducing our power consumption
  • investing in alternative energy sources like solar
  • managing our food waste