The first step along the road (every long journey starts with a small step, as Mao Tse Tung said) is to measure your footprint by using a tool that calculates the amount of Carbon that you emit or consume. This is a complex area as you need to calculate Carbon or Greenhouse Gases, the amount you consume or the amount you emit, whether you include what you cause in other countries due to buying clothes and mobile phones from China. What is much more important is to recognise what in your life or business causes the problem and then take action to reduce it. We will point up the actions you can take in this section. But here are some links to some useful tools.

World Wildlife Fund. They have produced a simple tool that gives you a pictorial image of your Carbon Footprint. CLICK HERE

Farmers might like the Cool Farm Tool. This tool allows you to analyses carbon emissions by product type (Crop or Livestock). You will need to set up an account. CLICK HERE.

Business. The World Wildlife Fund has produced a very useful document on how to measure, what to measure and when to measure for small, medium, and large businesses. CLICK HERE

Impact. Exter University developed this tool. The tool aims to give small communities usable data on their carbon emissions that is easy to understand and share. This will help communities work out their main “impact areas” – those places where focused action can make the biggest contribution to cutting local emissions. It is based n the Parish Level and then adds up to the county level CLICK HERE.

This screenshot shows the details you can get for Shrewsbury and Shropshire Council. You could use it then to take local community action to tackle the main areas of Carbon consumption or emission.