What is my carbon footprint? Carbon is released when we burn fossil fuels. Your personal carbon “footprint” describes the amount of carbon that is emitted as a result of your choices. This footprint is largely influenced by the energy mix in your area, how much energy you use at home, and your transportation habits.
Back in 2008, an MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) class has estimated the carbon emissions of Americans in a wide variety of lifestyles — from the homeless to multimillionaires, from Buddhist monks to soccer moms — and compared them to those of other nations. The somewhat disquieting bottom line is that in the United States, even the people with the lowest usage of energy are still producing, on average, more than double the global per-capita average. Whether you live in a cardboard box or a luxurious mansion, whether you subsist on homegrown vegetables or wolf down imported steaks, whether you’re a jet-setter or a sedentary retiree, anyone who lives in the U.S. contributes more than twice as much greenhouse gas to the atmosphere as the global average, an MIT class has estimated. – *source
So in other words, if one would want to offset his or her lifetime carbon footprint (we need to realize that these are estimated and varies from one individual to another). Given that planting one tree, once it has reached maturity, will generally sequester approx 48 lbs of Co2 annually (as you know types of trees, location varies in carbon uptake, etc). Planting 1000 trees would offset close to 24 tons of C02 annually, therefore, surpassing the estimated average per individual in America. Please remember that there is nothing better than conscious living. We highly suggest you read “The 35 Easiest Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint” written by the Earth Institute – Columbia University.