Our daily choices and our carbon footprint can contribute to the health of our planet rather than harm it. Let’s calculate our carbon footprint and consider how much it can be reduced with simple choices! The New York Times defines “carbon footprint” as the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions that come from the production, use, and end-of-life of a product or service. The average carbon footprint for a person in the United States is 16 tons, one of the highest in the world. Globally, the average is closer to 4 tons. With a large and immediate concerted effort, we could cut black carbon emissions by 75% and methane emissions by 25% - and eradicate hydrofluorocarbons – all in the span of the next 25 years. We have the power and technology needed to combat climate change.