Found this light weight carbon footprint calculator: http://www.conservation.org/xp/CIWEB/programs/climatechange/carboncalculator.xml
I’m sure a more detailed calculator would be far more accurate, but this one says my footprint is 12.4 tons of carbon emitted per year. Ouch. Per the site, the average (US?) person emits 24 tons/year. Double ouch.
My carbon footprint is dramatically smaller because I work from home — saves me 9.2 tons of carbon per year. Amazing.
I could also give up my average ~6 long air flights per year and save 3.7 tons/year and give up my omnivorous ways and become vegan and save another 1.8 tons/year, but I just don’t see either of those happening.
The calculator doesn’t factor in other carbon reducing behaviors such as the fact that I plant 6-12 trees per year in my yard (we live off the beaten path, so we have a 2 acre yard). Per backyard living: “One acre of trees absorbs 6 tons of carbon dioxide and produces 4 tons of oxygen. That’s enough fresh air to sustain 18 people for a year!”
I’m thinking I’m doing pretty good overall, but there are so many other simple things I can/will change (using canvas bags at the grocery store, recycling more, finish swapping out less than eco friendly light bulbs, etc.).