As with any quantifiable program, it’s useful to establish a baseline measurement so you can mark your progress and keep yourself accountable. Knowing your own immediate impact on the climate can also help motivate you to continue changing your habits. The Nature Conservancy offers an online calculator
where you can measure your carbon footprint and compare it to that of the average person around the globe. (Note: According to the calculator, the
average American creates 27 tons of CO2 emission, whereas the average person in the rest of the world creates only 5.5.) Visit nature.org.
The calculator will help you see how small changes can make a big difference, Austin Becker, Ph.D., a climate-adaptation researcher at Stanford University, says: “You can choose a fuel-efficient car, recycle more, consume less, fly less frequently or telecommute. All of these efforts can make a dent in how much CO2 we emit.”