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How Big Is Your Carbon Footprint?

For anyone curious about how their everyday actions may be hurting the planet.

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Before the quiz begins, WTF is a carbon footprint anyway?

Merriam Webster defines it as:

"The amount of greenhouse gases and specifically carbon dioxide emitted by something (as a person's activities or a product's manufacture and transport) during a given period."

The aforementioned things that emit these greenhouse gasses are ingrained in our everyday life — cars, planes, air-conditioning, the food we eat, and so on — and are often hard to part with. But it's worth it for the planet.

Now let's see how your carbon footprint is!

  1. Car
    Car
    Train
    Train
    Bus
    Bus
    Ferry
    Ferry
    Bike
    Bike
    Subway
    Subway
    Boat
    Boat
    Walk
    Walk
    Other
    Other
  2. CFL Bulbs
    CFL Bulbs
    LED Bulbs
    LED Bulbs
    Doesn't Matter
    Doesn't Matter
  3. Compact
    Via chevrolet.com
    Compact
    Mid-size
    Via Getty
    Mid-size
    Electric/Hybrid
    Via toyota.com
    Electric/Hybrid
    Minivan
    Via Getty
    Minivan
    Pickup Truck
    Via Getty
    Pickup Truck
    SUV
    Via ford.com
    SUV
    Sports Car
    Via chevrolet.com
    Sports Car
    Old Clunker
    Via Getty
    Old Clunker
  4. Dishwasher
    Dishwasher
    Disposable Plates/Other
    Via Getty
    Disposable Plates/Other
    Hand-Wash
    Hand-Wash
  5. Cold Beverages
    Cold Beverages
    Fans
    Fans
    A/C
    A/C
    Ice Packs
    Ice Packs
    Wear Light Clothes
    Wear Light Clothes

How Big Is Your Carbon Footprint?

You got: Low Carbon Footprint

You most likely have a pretty low carbon footprint, which means the way you live your everyday life is really doing Mother Earth a favor! The world thanks you. • Read the science behind how your carbon footprint impacts the environment here. • Calculate your carbon footprint at the EPA’s website or use The Nature Conservancy’s calculator, which is very fun to play with.

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You got: Medium Carbon Footprint

Your carbon footprint doesn't seem to be the worst we've seen, but it could always be lower. • Read the science behind how your carbon footprint impacts the environment here. • Calculate your carbon footprint at the EPA’s website or use The Nature Conservancy’s calculator, which is very fun to play with (and just a little bit mind-blowing).

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You got: High Carbon Footprint

Actually, it seems like your carbon footprint is pretty big! May we ever-so-gently suggest reading up on the topic and making a few changes? • You can read the science behind how your carbon footprint impacts the environment here. • Calculate your carbon footprint at the EPA’s website or use The Nature Conservancy’s calculator, which is very fun to play with (and a little mind-blowing).

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Carbon footprint information sourced from the EPA's website.

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