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What’s The Score? (What’s Your Carbon Footprint?)

by Rowland Joiner, Becketwood Member

The world soccer cup for women is being played in Europe. Maybe we are not all crazy about that but I am interested and rooting for England, which hopes to win this championship.

World Cup

USA 13 goals     Thailand 0

The American women were superb. No one has ever scored so many goals at this level. The team were committed, disciplined and fearless. What Thailand has to learn is up to them. I hope they are not too discouraged. Maybe in four years time they will have learned a great deal.

We all have some idea now that the earth’s carbon footprint is the total greenhouse gas emissions (including my fridge and car) caused directly and indirectly by an individual, an organization or a product, depending upon the measure you seek. Let’s look at this next score.

Greenhouse Emissions – Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide

USA    6,456.7 Million tons    Bhutan 0

The figure is for 2017. I found the USA figure on the US Environmental Protection Agency official site. No other country can touch the American total.

The comparison might be a little unfair. Bhutan is not the same size nor at the same stage of development as the United States, but the figures do illustrate something. Electric cars only are allowed in the Kingdom of Bhutan, for example, but Bhutan also has the fastest growing GDP in the world. As a bonus it is ranked as one of the happiest countries in the world. Unlike the United States, straining to increase its Gross National Product, Bhutan measures success by referring to GNH, Gross National Happiness.

I would like to take up in another blog what we might do to reduce greenhouse gases.  All the time my concern is for our grandchildren and the future of the planet. Becoming aware of the threat of greenhouse emissions is just one element in that struggle to build a healthier future for us all.


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  • ruthgaylord July 10, 2019, 2:04 pm

    Thank you, Rowland. Please continue to share you thoughts about greenhouse gases.

  • Anonymous July 10, 2019, 4:00 pm

    Rowland, THANK YOU! BUT I’m constantly reminded of how radically we have to change, & myself included! (I.E., I drive a hybrid car but do not take the bus when I could)

  • David Liddle July 11, 2019, 12:43 am

    Spot on. The struggle is real. Look forward to your followup thoughts. Thanks.

  • Mary Moore July 11, 2019, 5:58 pm

    What about China’s emissions? Are they less than the US?