Carbon footprints are hard to understand – here’s what you need to know

Do you know what to do to reduce your carbon footprint?

Seth Wynes, a recent PhD graduate from UBC Geography, writes in The Conversation about his research, which indicates that we’re maybe less sure than we should be.

“While recycling and turning off the lights are good steps towards a more sustainable society, they are not nearly as important for the climate on an individual basis as reducing meat consumption, air travel and driving.”

Well meaning people, Wynes says, can actually be making less impactful choices when it comes to reducing their impact on climate change. This comes down to a few common misconceptions – the disproportionate importance placed on using canvas instead of plastic bags for example, versus flying less or eating a plant based diet.

Read his full piece at The Conversation.