24. Feb, 2020

What is my personal carbon footprint?

Picture by https://pixabay.com/illustrations/assistance-barefoot-carbon-990332/ 

Today is Shrove Monday, the top day in the outdoor carnival period that did start last week Thursday and will go until tomorrow, e.g. a Cologne link, the parade is still running ...  https://www.cologne.de/events/cologne-carnival/parade-on-rose-monday.html. On Ash Wednesday everything is over and the 40 days fasting - the lenting season starts, as I already described it in my 11-Feb-2020 post -  https://www.rethinkandfocus.com/429718297/6873471/posting/longterm-investments 

I want to pick up the Climate Lenting topic again and keep it in mind in the coming weeks. Quickly a reminder of the key line items:

  • Improve your ecological footprint
  • Think about your energy consumption
  • Come up with ideas for food saving
  • Aim for a fair Information and Communication Technologies usage (digital detox)
  • Take a different mobility approach
  • Think about ideas for a life without plastics
  • Agree common changes with your family, friends, colleagues, etc.

Before you can improve your ecological footprint you have to understand it. I found a site that works in all countries - https://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx - give it a try. The global target for fighting against climate change is 2 tons per person per year

The Germany average is 8.89 tons, the European Union average is 6.4 tons and the World wide average about 5 tons. When you know the World wide target should only be 2 tons, a tough number to reach. My current number is around 6 tons, and I had no flight last year, use public transport every day and do not eat a lot of meat as my daughter is vegetarian. So much more room to improve, to divide the current number by three 😲.

As data science, leadership and artificial intelligence could help to reduce the average, some related links below: