What Is Carbon Footprint?

By Thomas Hayes

Our society has been exposed to the term "carbon footprint" for several years now.

In fact, it evolved from the term "ecological footprint" coined by William Rees, a professor at the University of British Columbia, who authored the book entitled Our Ecological Footprint, published in 1996.

In his book he draws the analysis between human consumption's effect on the earth with the earth's ability to regenerate itself.

By the end of the decade, the term carbon footprint became more familiar.

When you think of a footprint, you usually visualize an impression in the sand on a beach somewhere.

A carbon footprint is the impression left on the earth's atmosphere. It can be measured in the amount of greenhouse gases, (carbon dioxide), that is produced every day all across the planet by burning fuel for electricity, heat, transportation, etc.

We all contribute to the negative impact of carbon emissions both individually and collectively.

Our total carbon footprint is the sum of two separate divisions referred to as the primary and secondary footprints.

The direct use of fuels is considered to be our primary footprint. The vast majority of this division takes place in the home with the uses of gas, oil, electricity, and coal in some parts of the country.

Activities in the forms of shared public services, recreation and leisure events, restaurant dining, etc., make up the largest percentage of the secondary footprint.

With the ever increasing attention to major counteractive developments to our ecosystem, responsible people everywhere need to consider what they can do individually to diminish their own carbon footprint level.

One of the best and most affordable ways to attack this problem is to build some solar panels for your home.

Solar plan packages are available today that are completely comprehensive, compiling professionally done video with modern instructional techniques, which lead you step by step in the process while answering all your questions from exactly where to begin to final positioning and installation.

You'll discover where to locate the materials you'll need and how to assemble them.

Even if you have very limited construction experience you can still complete a small panel in as little as one weekend by following each concise step and feel tremendous self gratification as well.

By getting family and friends involved you can have one of the most memorable experiences of the summer. You will recoup your initial investment within weeks and be on your way to a more earth-friendly lifestyle.

You will be amazed at the knowledge you'll obtain while keeping more of your hard earned money as well.


Article by Thomas Hayes
Thomas Hayes, founder of The Solar Samaritan, has been in the construction industry for over 26 years. He now helps those less fortunate in remote areas of the world by building shelters and supplying them with solar panels and wind turbines in order to generate electricity. To understand more and find out how you can help, go to => www.solarsamaritan.com

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