For the past 50 years, starting with the very first Earth Day, people have been encouraged to reduce their use of energy, purchase reuseable materials, and recycle their trash. While some suggestions have been easier to convey than others, some of us still have a long way to go before we can say we lead a "green" life.
No one is expected to stop driving their cars, live off the land or buy everything that is recylable (unless you want to!). All that is really asked of you is that you become aware of how much energy you are using, how much waste you are putting curbside every week, and how you can reduce your carbon footprint.
A carbon footprint is defined as the total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). Everyone has a carbon footprint based on how much energy they use, such as what kind of car, what kind of light bulbs and what kind of appliances you use, even what kind of food you eat. You can calculate your own carbon footprint here.
If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, here are a few ideas: