Don’t Take Airplanes, Eat Less Beef, and Live Like a Sardine

A New Carbon Footprint Calculator Measures Your Impact on the Environment

Gita Subramony for Zondits, December 17, 2015. Image credit: Rl

As the Paris Climate Talks conclude this week, carbon emissions have been getting a lot of coverage in the media. But beyond the national policies and international agreements, individuals can make a considerable difference. The United States has some of the highest per capita carbon emissions in the world, and there is certainly room for reduction. WNYC interviewed the Nature Conservancy’s Rebecca Benner on what individuals can do to reduce their carbon footprint. The top suggestion is to limit air travel, since planes are big emitters. In addition, eating a vegetarian diet is more carbon efficient than eating meat, especially beef. Also, living in large apartment buildings with more than five units reduces energy consumption because multiple-dwelling buildings provide additional insulation. Are you interested in how you stack up? Test your estimated carbon emissions contributions on the Nature Conservancy’s calculator .