Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

What is a Carbon Footprint?

It is the amount of carbon dioxide that is released into the air because of your own energy needs. Things that you need - like food, clothing, shelter, electricity and transportation, all require energy. When we add up all the activities that produce carbon and contribute to climate change, you can see what your impact is on the environment, and think of ways to make your carbon footprint smaller!


  • Paper

  • Pen, pencil crayons, markers or paint

  • Computer and parental supervision


  1. First, draw your footprint! Trace your foot on a piece of paper. Colour it if you wish. Or, apply paint to the bottom of your foot and step onto the paper.
  2. Visit websites to calculate your carbon footprint, with the help of an adult. Try Trees For Life's Kids Carbon Calculator.

Ask Yourself

  • Now that you know your carbon footprint, think of ways that you can reduce it. Write down these ways next to your traced footprint and decide to do your best to follow these to reduce your carbon footprint. This might include things like: turning off the lights when leaving a room, watching less TV, recycling more, or walking or riding your bike to school if you live close enough.
  • Search online with help from a parent for more ideas of how to reduce your carbon footprint. Start with NASA's Climate Kids for ideas.