Carbon footprint 碳足跡

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菲菲非常喜歡旅行,但她擔心自己的 「carbon footprint」 會由此越來越大。「Carbon footprint」 到底是什麼?它與環境有什麼關係?如果菲菲想減少自己的 「carbon footprint」,她應該怎麼做?本期節目將解釋 「carbon footprint」 的意思和用法。

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Neil
Welcome back, Feifei! Good holiday?

Feifei
The best, Neil! We flew to Mexico, then up to California, and then drove all the way across the States from LA to New York.

Neil
Incredible! All in one week?

Feifei
Yes. It’s just that…

Neil
What?

Feifei
I can’t help thinking… all that travelling can’t be great for the environment.

Neil
I know. You must have a pretty big carbon footprint right now.

Feifei
Enormous.

Neil
Let’s take a moment to explain this phrase 『carbon footprint’. Then plan what to do about it.

Feifei
好的,我們藉機來瞭解一下什麼是 「carbon footprint」 碳足跡。眾所周知,二氧化碳 「carbon dioxide」 是一種導致氣候變化的氣體 —— a gas that contributes to climate change.

Neil
And your 『carbon footprint’ is the amount of carbon dioxide you produce through your activities – things like how much electricity you use…

Feifei
How much oil and gas you use…

Neil
What you eat is another factor. And of course your trips by car, plane and so on.

Feifei
總的來說,「carbon footprint」 指的就是一個人在各類日常活動過程中所引起的溫室氣體排放的集合。比如,日常用電、用油、用氣,或是搭乘交通運輸出行過程中所產生的碳耗量。碳耗量越多,碳足跡就越大。If you take a lot of flights, then you have a large carbon footprint! Like me.

Neil
And me. And the people in these examples.

Examples
I used the air conditioning non-stop all summer. My carbon footprint must be huge.

Martina has the highest carbon footprint of all her colleagues. She drives everywhere, flies every weekend, and eats nothing but red meat.

I downloaded an app to calculate my carbon footprint. The results are pretty shocking.

Feifei
這裡是 BBC英語教學的 「地道英語」 節目。上面,我們給大家舉例講解了對 「carbon footprint」 碳足跡的定義。And Neil, I have a plan. It’s time to reduce my footprint.

Neil
Great. That’s the verb we normally use: reduce. We talk about reducing our carbon footprint, by changing the way we live. So, what’s the plan?

Feifei
我打算開始騎自行車來上班。冬天也要少開暖氣。我還買了這雙鞋……

Neil
Great. But, shoes?

Feifei
They’re made of recycled plastic. Fantastic, aren’t they?

Neil
Well, that’s one way to reduce your footprint!

Feifei
I even brought you a pair – a little present from my trip to LA.

Neil
You’re so kind. I can wear them when I’m in Tokyo this weekend. Paris next week. Oh, and Iceland tomorrow. Only kidding!

Feifei
Yes, I want to hear your plan to reduce your carbon footprint, Neil!

Neil
Bye.

Feifei
Bye!