'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Sunday, 20 March 2011

Your carbon footprint

I've just calculated roughly how many tonnes of carbon I'm releasing into the atmosphere each year. It's about the same as the New Zealand national average. And a whole lot better than the world average shown on this chart.
I learnt a lot doing this exercise, too. I calculated how efficient my car was, and also discovered that my electricity supplier creates electricity from 100% renewable sources, which pleased me greatly. I could work on my car travel. (Hmm, I wonder how long it would take to cycle to Miranda?)

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  1. I shall try this but I'm going to have to do it twice! I'm pretty sure I know which of my 'lives' will have the smaller footprint.

  2. Ah yes GB, of course, you are twice the man.
    Um, your twice-yearly air travel will count against you I fear. Perhaps you should sail it sometimes. :o)

  3. Sail it? I think not! I'd need a great deal more time and money. In any case I wonder what the footprint of a cruise ship is? I could try tramping it but somehow I don't think I'm that adventurous.

  4. Sail - as in sailing with sails...?

  5. Aw come on. That's asking a bit much of a chap who can't even manage not to navigate his kayak under a fallen tree. At least there were no sharks in the river!

  6. I say again, wish I'd been there!