Preventing the looming climate disaster is going to take both governmental and individual action. Politicians have repeatedly proven they’re unwilling to make hard decisions to curb emissions. So relying only on politicians is dangerous and foolish. You’ll find that when you become more green yourself, you’ll be more inclined to pressure politicians to make everyone do their share. It’s a win win. All of us need to step up as much as we can.

Welcome to the first ever lifetime carbon calculator. Almost everything we’ve spent money on in our lives generated carbon. Growing food, mining raw materials, manufacturing products, shipping, warehouses, stores, offices, services, electronics, homes, schools, restaurants and myriad other things use energy and generate carbon.

So spending is a close proxy for carbon emissions, and is an easy way to get a fairly accurate measure of how much we’ve emitted. Once we know that, we can take steps towards making our lifetimes climate neutral in various ways.

Most people during their lives have several years in a row of similar income, then they switch jobs and have another similar amount for many years, and so forth. So our calculator is designed to allow you to do either whole groups of years or individual years.

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First enter the year you were born:

Next, enter your average spending for the most recent set of years:



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If you want to enter spending for only one year, select 2020 in the Select menu. If your spending stayed roughly the same for several years, enter the range. Then click the "Next Date Range" button to keep adding years. When you reach the year you were born, you're done.