In the UK, the average individual has a carbon footprint of 12.7 tonnes per year while the average American produces 16 tonnes. For comparison, the global average is closer to 4 tonnes. In order to maximise the likelihood of preventing a 2°C increase in global temperatures, it is necessary for the average annual carbon footprint to decrease to less than 2 tonnes by 2050.
It takes time to reduce one's personal carbon footprint from 16 tonnes to 2 tonnes! We may start to make a large difference by changing tiny things in our lives, including cutting back on meat consumption, taking fewer connecting flights, and of course, planting trees!
Our Carbon footprint calculator is a great way to see how many trees you need to plant to offset your carbon usage in a year. For reference the average UK household uses 3700 kWh/year on electricity, 12,500 kWh/year on gas, 10,000 miles if you have a car & 500-900 miles on public transport.