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    Recently, The Carbon Trust pinned David Beckham as possessing the largest carbon footprint in human history. According to Fox Sports:

    “The former England captain logged over 250,000 miles last year as he flew back and forth between the U.S. and Europe for England’s European Championship qualifiers, while also participating in a Galaxy tour of Oceania in the latter part of the year. Beckham and his wife Victoria also collected over 50,000 frequent flyer miles for advertising obligations around the globe. At home, Beckham owns a fleet of 15 cars, including a Porsche, a Hummer and a Lincoln Navigator.”

    But what is a carbon footprint and why does it matter anyway? Is it a genuine measure of the negative impact we have on the environment or just another eco-warrior buzz-word? Since the late 2000s, the phrase “carbon footprint” has begun to enter our vocabulary as a way of defining our effect upon the environment, as well as a means of convincing us to do something about it.

    A Carbon Footprint is a measure of the effect that your activities have on the environment in terms of the amounts of greenhouse gases released by your actions. Measured in units of carbon dioxide, your carbon footprint is larger the more greenhouse gases you release. Individuals, businesses and countries produce carbon dioxide from daily activities like driving, heating buildings and consumption of products and services which have created greenhouse gases in the manufacturing process.

    Many people attempt to reduce their carbon footprint and thus the negative impact they have upon the environment by going on a “carbon diet”. This involves calculating your carbon footprint (http://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx), determining the ideal carbon footprint, identifying the source of your greatest carbon dioxide emissions and omitting these sources one at a time until you have reached the ideal carbon footprint size. Prince Charles reportedly reduced his carbon emissions by 9% in the year 2007 by simply deciding to run his car on cooking oil, installing woodchip boilers at his residences and buying foods from local suppliers. Clearly, reducing your carbon footprint doesn’t have to be difficult as long as the things you take are targeted to have maximum effect.

    There is however, for the lazy amongst us, an even easier option called carbon offsetting. This is where you invest in projects that represent a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions such as tree-planting or the development of alternative sources of energy. Yet the flaws to this method of reducing your carbon footprint are obvious: some of your carbon offsets may not actually reduce carbon emissions as much as you expected them to. Furthermore, the greenhouse gases that you have emitted are still in the atmosphere, eroding the ozone, whether you offset them or not.

    Overall, whether to take your carbon footprint to heart or not is your own decision. In the end it is just another concept that allows us to consider our effect on the environment. Perhaps over-hyped and overused, it still makes clear what we all find too easy to forget: our everyday lives are contributing to the erosion of the o-zone layer and if this is going to stop then it is going to require a change in our habits and behaviours as individuals.

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