A carbon footprint is a measure of units of tonnes or kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent of the greenhouse gases one produces at an individual level. Hence, the word carbon is used in the definition.
The term carbon footprint describes the amount of carbon emissions we produce individually through the burning of fossil fuels and improper disposal of manufactured goods. The footprint metaphor makes for an interesting discussion. “A footprint is an effective metaphor that communicates a sense of ‘leaving something behind.’ There is the leave no trace motto in hiking, that you only take pictures and memories and only leave footprints. So the idea of a footprint here, is that we can understand our impacts and the size of them and use that to adjust them.”
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