re: last post

Dag, yo. That's crazy
Stuff happenin' there. Am I
That bad a person?

Well, I mean, I'm not *bad*, but my curiosity got the better of me as I thought about that last post and I decided to calculate my carbon footprint since January 1, 2008. 7.96 tonnes of CO2??? Ouch! I think that it probably has mostly to do with all the flying that I do; just the trip to Tokyo was 1.96 tonnes... :-/ Maybe I'll stay home more... oh, wait, I'm going to Germany. Scratch that.

So I'm sorta bummed about that, but I did get extra points from the calculator for being a vegetarian, not owning a car, and doing mostly walking and biking. Although I think I remember reading somewhere that walking is actually worse for the environment than driving, assuming that all your food energy comes from meat. Meat comes from a long way away...

So I guess I'm going to work on improving that. I'm about 2x what the world goal is, but I'm (both happily and sadly, I guess) only about 1/3 of what the US average is. Hmmmmmmmmm. Rugged individualism!


  1. I very rarely fly and don't own a car, so my footprint comes almost entirely from household electricity usage. ^__^

    Thus, I am three times awesomer than you are. QED

  2. We have an acquaintance who lives in Yosemite basically full-time, who doesn't ever drive or own anything she can't carry on her back. She filters her water straight out of the lakes, etc. But when it's the off-season, she travels all over the world so she can continue to live in a tent in places like Guatemala or Israel. Her carbon footprint is ginormous.

    This is why I remain convinced we need solar powered airships.

  3. That's really cool, Joe! And, yes, someone needs to get on that. I wonder how long it will take to get everyone off their butts (and out of denial) and developing alternative fuel vehicles?