Carbon Foot Print in terms of electricity usage-
"An analysis of the carbon footprint of Christmas in the UK shows that consumption of items such as food, travel, lighting and gifts at Christmas produces as much as 650 kg of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per person – equal to 5.5% of the UK annual carbon footprint. Over Christmas, the average person could produce as much as:
- 26 kg of CO2 from Christmas food
- 96 kg of CO2 from Christmas Car travel
- 218 kg of CO2 from extravagant lighting displays
- 310 kg of CO2 on Christmas Shopping
Christmas carbon emissions could be reduced by up to 60 per cent to about 250 kg"
A good article that discusses the weighted average cost of carbon has been published by KyotoPlanet, view the http://kyotoplanet.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx
Now I would be the last person to recommend you cut down on Christmas spending ( unless your mortgage ,credit card company are giving trouble – which they are doing for everyone)
A site here tells you to offset your carbon footprint by planting trees. So go ahead, leave your fottprint but try and plant a tree too.
"Each tree planted ‘offsets’ your environmental impact by ‘breathing’ in about 1 tonne of CO2 emissions over its lifetime of 100 years. It is estimated that the average person needs to save about 7,000 kg of CO2 per year. So planting just 7 trees each year is one strategy for achieving this.
All trees planted are native broad-leaved trees, which as well as taking in CO2 also provide sustainable habitat for wildlife and enhance the natural landscape."
These could be an emerging market opportunity for planting trees, saving the world , making a profit ( and you dont have to be James Bond to save the world)
Ancient Hindu texts said that planting a tree is as beneficial as having seven sons ( or daughters in todays world).
So go ahead- shop for christmas, get a Christmas tree and plant some more trees.
It’s the season of joy- and in 2008 it starts early 🙂
Sources- Compiled from Wikipedia and the indispensable ,inevitable www.google.com