In January 2017, the UUCF Climate Action Group (CAG) invited everyone to join in cutting carbon at home through the Carbon Footprint Game. Almost 40 percent of each person’s carbon footprint comes from their home. So doing activities to reduce your home carbon emissions is a great way to reduce all of our carbon footprints. Government can’t legislate things that everyone can do, at every age, and in every type of home to reduce climate change risk. Through the game, the CAG suggested some activities that save money and some that cost money, but they all cut carbon. Adults in the UUCF Sanctuary Commons and children in the Program Building can put stickers with their carbon-cutting activities on the big carbon footprint cutout. When you commit to a carbon saving activity you get a sticker to put on the carbon footprint. The list of carbon saving activities and the stickers will be at the Climate Action Group table in the Commons after each service. The focuses are:

  • January – home energy. The game explored how to reduce the footprint of energy sucking appliances like televisions, radios, computers, clocks, computers, and game consoles that consume power even when they turned off!
  • February – food and water. We examined how our food and water choices impact our carbon footprint: Chicken at 518 gallons of water per pound. Beef requires the most water, at 1,847 gal./lb., followed by sheep at 1,248 gal./lb. and pork at 718 gal./lb. If you’re going to eat meat, go with chicken. Milk by itself uses only 122 gallons of water per pound. But almonds and cashews consume 1,929 gal./lb.
  • March – transportation. In Fairfax, 40% of all greenhouse gases come from our cars. The Carbon Footprint Game examined how to curb climate change by our transportation choices. By holding one meeting a month by conference call and our second in person with a conference call option, the Climate Action Group cuts 2 tons of greenhouse gases in a year (also saving $400 in gas, 56 hours of commuting, and making it easier for people having difficulty driving at night to participate).
  • April – stuff we buy. We looked at how our buying choices affect the climate.

Carbon Footprint resources