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Actions we can take

Carbon footprint

footprintOur carbon footprint is the amount of CO2 that is emitted as a result of each of us going about our lives. Individuals, schools, businesses, whole countries have a carbon footprint. 

The first thing we can do to tackle climate change is to understand how our own lives cause CO2 emissions. Only then can we make choices to act in ways that produce less CO2.

Actions by individuals: think ‘global’ but act ‘local’.

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Try the  Act On CO2 carbon calculator to find out how much CO2 your way of life produces. You might like to do this at home with your family, so that everyone can help find the answers.

Are you going on holiday soon? Use this calculator to compare the carbon emissions from the different ways of getting there.


International agreements


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Being in charge

The European Union has promised to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020 and the UK to cut CO2 by 80% by 2050. To reach these targets, action will have to take place at three levels.

Individuals will need to make choices in how to live.
Groups, such as schools and businesses will have to reorganise what they do to use less.
Governments will need to change how they regulate business, energy, transport and manufacturing so that these can be done more energy efficiently.