Carbon footprint competition: it’s on!

Climate change poses a serious threat to the health and wellbeing of humankind through disease, drought and “natural” disasters. The world’s poorest countries are disproportionately affected and yet the richest countries are the biggest polluters. In fact, Australia produces the greatest amount of carbon emissions in the world per capita.

Whilst action on a global scale is important, remember that you can take action now to reduce your own carbon footprint. The first step is to find out how big your footprint is and which of your activities contribute most to it. That’s the point of the Green Health Group’s inaugural Carbon Footprint Competition.

If you participate, you go into the draw to win great prizes, including kindly donated second-hand textbooks such as Greenspan’s Clinical Endocrinology, Stryer’s Biochemistry and Kumar & Clark’s Clinical Medicine

To take part in the competition, just follow these steps (it should take less than five minutes!):

  1. Before beginning, you will need the internet and your most recent gas, electricity and water bills. If you don’t have your bills you can still take part, but your results won’t be as accurate.
  2. Visit http://www.climatepositive.org/measure and click “Household Calculator.”
  3. Fill in the questionnaire and, when you’re done, click “Save your calculation.”
  4. Type in your name and email address. Your results will be emailed to you.
  5. Upon receiving your results, please forward them along with your name and year level to greenhealthgroup@gmail.com and you will be placed in the running to win prizes. Note your results may be subject to a t-test but rest assured your z-score will be kept in the strictest of confidence (intervals).
  6. The competition ends Monday September 7, 2009, and the follow-up of results and prize-winnings will take place shortly afterwards.

That’s all there is to it – good luck!

The University of Melbourne Green Health Group

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