As a society, we use 20 times more energy than we used one hundred years ago, and most of it is not renewable. About 85% of this energy comes from fossil fuels like oil, gas and coal. As the world’s supply of fossil fuels levels out and eventually declines, these fuels will be more and more difficult, environmentally harmful, and energy-intensive to extract. These new extraction methods can cause significant harm to the environment by polluting oceans and fouling surface and underground water and otherwise harm the ecosystem that humanity needs to survive. The burning of these fuels already causes manmade global warming. Using more and more energy to extract the resources increases the emissions of harmful greenhouse gases.
The total amount of greenhouse gases produced to support everything you consume in your daily life is called your carbon footprint. When it comes to reducing our carbon footprint, conserving energy is fundamental – not only because it is the consumption of energy that contributes the lion’s share of our carbon footprint, but because our society depends for most of its energy on limited fossil resources, which get less and less environmentally friendly every day. The InDeed Guide to Carbon Footprint Reduction, delivered to your email inbox when you click Count Me In
, is full of tips on easy ways to save energy and reduce consumption so you can play your part in keeping the climate cool enough for future generations to survive and prosper.