Marylander Tracks 'Carbon Footprint'

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Marylander Tracks 'Carbon Footprint'


Byline: Bryce Baschuk, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

What's your carbon footprint? Eric Carlson can help you reduce it to zero.

As the founder of the Carbonfund, a nonprofit environmental organization in Silver Spring, Mr. Carlson wants to help people and companies address their carbon addiction.

"A carbon footprint is the cumulative carbon dioxide emissions that result from your daily life," Mr. Carlson said. "This includes your home-energy use, your car [and] air travel, and your consumption of food, clothes, etcetera."

Mr. Carlson estimates that the average American's carbon footprint equals 23 tons of carbon dioxide each year.

The Carbonfund helps people reduce their carbon dioxide emissions and funds environmental efforts that counteract emissions they cannot control.

The organization's Web site, www.carbonfund.org, explains that greenhouse gases trap heat in the Earth's atmosphere and warm the planet. The site also says the atmospheric buildup of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases is largely the result of human activity.

Scientists do not agree on the causes of climate change, however, and some of them rejected popular global-warming theories in congressional hearings organized in September by Sen. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican.

"What we can do is educate people about their role in global warming," Mr. Carlson said. "Our organization gives them solutions they can take to fight global warming."

The Carbonfund encourages people to donate money to support climate-friendly projects that offset human carbon emissions.

"It costs the average person $99 a year to reduce their entire carbon footprint," Mr. Carlson said.

Donors can decide whether they want to support wind energy, solar energy, reforestation or energy-efficiency programs.

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