What is Carbon Day?

Carbon Day was conceived in 1990 by a man named Brad Emalfarb from the United States. Carbon Day is a worldwide event designed to heighten awareness of the negative effect that greenhouse gas emissions have on our environment. Each of us individuals and businesses can play an important role in reducing our carbon footprint. Please “Play a Part” and help us to contribute to a greener tomorrow. On MAY 31, 2009 Carbon Day became an official State holiday in the State of Illinois when the Illinois House and Senate passed a resolution naming Sept 15 as Carbon Day.

When is Carbon Day?

The official Carbon Day Holiday is September 15 but some states hold events at different times depending on the ideal time to plant trees.

What is the History of Carbon Day?

Carbon Day is a very special day specifically designed for all of us to think about environmental issue’s. It is not only a special day in the town where we live, but a day that the whole world participates in! Often there are celebrations, events or campaigns that help us understand environmental issues.  Whether it is planting a tree or learning simple steps for each of us to lower our Carbon Footprint.

Some towns have Carbon Day celebrations, and some people and groups hold events that are carbon neutral.

You can participate in one of the existing projects, or start one of your own. Perhaps a small project with your mom or dad such as planting a tree, or a large project with your classroom or neighborhood friends such as a park clean up or having your school, business or home go carbon neutral for the day. The possibilities are endless. Try to think of something you would like to do-you too, can make a difference!

What is a Carbon Footprint?

A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment, and in particular climate change. It relates to the amount of greenhouse gases produced in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating and transportation etc.

The carbon footprint is a measurement of all greenhouse gases we individually produce and has units of tonnes (or kg) of carbon dioxide equivalent.

Each of us needs to “Play a Part” to reduce our Carbon Footprint.

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Tree Facts

• Two mature trees provide enough oxygen for a family of four.
• One acre of trees removes 2.6 tons of CO2 per year.
• About one third of the United States of America is covered by forests
• The average tree in an urban area has a life expectancy of only 8 years.
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