How many trees does it take to offset your carbon footprint? Do you know?
I am absolutely delighted to be involved in an eco-campaign called #HowManyTrees. It aims to educate people on the importance of carbon offsetting and looks at how many trees would need to be planted to make a huge difference in the fight against climate change.
It is quite shocking to add up the impact of our carbon emissions and it is very clear that we needs to address the big energy-consuming activities – such as driving, using air travel and heating our homes.
How many trees?
But did you know that one of the biggest of all culprits when it comes to carbon emissions is food. According to the Viessman’s study, in order to offset the CO2 produced by an average UK residents food consumption in one year, 70 new trees need to be planted
I think you will be as shocked as I was to discover that in order to cancel out the total UK’s carbon footprint in the space of one year we would need to plant 35,150,000,000 (thirty-five billion, one hundred and fifty million) oh my goodness now that’s a lot of planting!
What can you do to offset your carbon footprint ?
It can feel overwhelming to know where to start in addressing this issue but start we must. You can help join the reforestation movement by planting trees in your own gardens. Have a read of this post on carbon offsetting trees to find out more about how this works.
A tree planted in your garden will not only reduce your carbon footprint but it will also bring you a great deal pf pleasure, bringing birds and other wildlife to your garden, providing shade and blossom and colour perhaps some fruit too and importantly a tree is a little legacy you can leave for the future.
What is not to love about planting a tree in your yard?
Why not make a commitment to do this this year and make a positive impact on out world.
What else can you do?
There are many other small things you can do to reduce your carbon emissions,
Here are 10 you might want to embrace:
- Have a meat free day once a week
- Insulate your home
- Turn appliances off standby
- Walk instead of drive
- Cycle instead of drive
- Shop for food locally
- Use up your leftovers
- Buy second hand clothes
- Compost waste food
- Save rainwater to water your garden
There are many small changes people can make to help the environment, this year we are going to plant a tree and have a go at growing our own veggies.
What are you going to do to help offset your carbon footprint in 2021?