Carbon Footprint Calculator

Carbon Footprint Calculator

With all the quizzes out there for your GoT character, 80s bands, disney character, superhero, spirit animal and the like, here’s a “quiz” you can take to find out your carbon footprint. The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) released an extremely easy online tool to help you determine your carbon footprint. 

The “Make an Impact Carbon Calculator” <http://carbonfootprint.c2es.orgallows you to quickly calculate how much carbon pollution comes from your energy use at home/apartment and due to your transportation and how your carbon footprint compares with the local average in your area.

Set Washing Machine to Cold Captain!
Set Washing Machine to “Cold” Captain!

It even includes helpful hints of how to reduce your carbon footprint based on your area code and several other criteria.  Here’s a delightful hint I got (that’s “got” not “GoT”): Always wash your clothes on cold water when using the washing machine; it reduces the energy output by 85%.

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How does this relate to yoga? I never thought you’d ask!

Based on the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, Yoga is also expressed and practiced through yama, our attitudes toward our environment, and through niyama, our attitudes toward ourselves.

One of the yamas is Aparigraha, or “nongreediness or the ability to accept only what is appropriate.” Not using more energy than is needed then becomes a practice of yoga and helps shape your outward environment to be simpler and more sustainable.

One of the niyamas is Svadhyaya, or “study and the necessity to review and evaluate our progress.” Looking to our inner environment of our thoughts and habits, and constantly, or at least routinely, taking a look at whether these inner habits are as efficient and beneficial for ourselves and the world around us as possible. Note these inner habits can be our thought patterns and even our actions that have become automatic. From this self-study, we can learn and grow.

Part of the practice of yoga is creating an inner and outter environment that is most conducive for our own growth into expressing more fully who we are.

I for one, know that I am Tyrion Lannister per my online quiz, so watch out now Pops, don’t cross me!

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