After all, what is a carbon footprint?
Discover how our everyday habits and attitudes impact our planet.
How do you get to work? What do you eat? What kind of clothes do you wear? Which mode of transportation do you use for longer trips? All of these questions make up our daily lives and create our habits, and they are precisely what result in our carbon footprint.
Defining our Carbon Footprint
Carbon footprint is a methodology created to measure greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere (regardless of the gas emitted, it is converted into a carbon equivalent). These emissions come from products, services or processes and extend throughout their life cycle. The burning of fossil fuels, livestock feeding on pasture, deforestation and the manufacturing of plastic bags are clear examples of activities where these greenhouse gases are emitted.
Created by researchers William Rees and Mathis Wackernagel in the 1990s, the carbon footprint methodology is a crucial indicator for saving the planet from environmental collapse. Greenhouse gases accumulate in the atmosphere and cause profound climate changes, so the higher your carbon footprint, the more it negatively affects the planet’s health.
It is important to emphasize that the concept of carbon footprint is not only linked to large companies or large industries. Each individual leaves their own footprint on the planet. When using a gasoline-powered car, you leave a carbon footprint, which encompasses everything about the car from the production and transportation processes to the burning of fossil fuels that make the car work. Even small activities like eating a plate of rice or a piece of meat leave their marks because, until these foods reach your plate, they go through processes that emit greenhouse gases.
Learn how to Reduce your Carbon Footprint
Changing habits is fundamental to reducing our carbon footprint. Some attitudes that enable this reduction include replacing gasoline-powered cars with a bicycle or public transportation, decreasing meat consumption, using reusable bags, avoiding processed foods (such as potato chips and soft drinks), giving preference to locally grown products or making your own organic garden, avoiding excessive consumption, etc. In general, do not waste food, do not buy new clothes that will not be used frequently and give preference to recycled products.
Want to know how to calculate your carbon footprint? There are several digital calculators that give this result based on questions from your daily life such as: what means of transport do you use to go to work? What is your monthly consumption of fast food? How many hours a day do you use your computer? Two examples are: Carbon Footprint, available in English, and CEFSA Solidário – Pegada Ecológica, available in Portuguese.
More than Reducing, you can Offset your Carbon Footprint with MOSS
Another way to completely neutralize your carbon footprint is to purchase MOSS carbon credits. Carbon credits are a certificate that proves that a ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) is no longer emitted into the atmosphere. By purchasing these credits, you are investing in projects that aim to capture the excess carbon dioxide present in the atmosphere, thereby reducing the greenhouse gas effect and neutralizing your carbon footprint. Some of these projects have already been detailed here on our blog, such as the Agrocortex Project, Fazenda Fortaleza Ituxi and Amazon REDD + IFM.
To purchase your carbon credits, click here. The process takes less than two minutes, is relatively inexpensive (around US $16),and is perennial. Additionally, it is a safe and audited asset by international institutions that regulate the carbon credit market.
The negative impacts caused by the rise of deforestation in the Amazon needs to be brought to the forefront of our conversations. We have the tools in our hands to save our planet. By neutralizing our carbon footprint, we will provide a better world for ourselves, for the environment and for our children and grandchildren.