From the WUUC Climate Justice Committee
Knowing how much greenhouse gas results from each of your everyday actions is the first step to reducing your contribution to climate change and working more effectively toward a sustainable future. The website, Taming Bigfoot, provides an easy interface with a carbon-footprint calculator designed to convert a number of common things you do to the amount of greenhouse gas they cause.
Taming Bigfoot was conceived by the Climate Action Outreach Group, a diverse group of environmental activists, educators and scientists, based in Jefferson County, Washington. This committee sought to address the questions most often heard by attendees of local climate outreach events: “what can I do to counter ongoing climate change?” and “how do I know that what I do actually makes a difference?”
This web site is designed to provide an easy interface with a carbon-footprint calculator designed to convert a number of common things you do to the amount of greenhouse gas they cause. The conversion factors used can be specified for local regions so the results apply to that region, rather than a broad average. By inputting how much, and what type of energy you use, how much you drive or share transportation with others, and selective information on your food and shopping behaviors, you will discover your “carbon footprint”. Over time, you can use this site to explore how changing some behaviors changes your footprint, giving you a simple, yet powerful tool to tailor your response to climate change.
Jefferson County had its first Taming Bigfoot Kick-Off on January 11, 2016. They launched the program with 15 teams of 7 people each. The program proceeded with very few glitches to a successful final Awards Celebration appropriately scheduled on Earth Day 2016. In sharing their experiences, participants made it clear that the competition had been an enjoyable, educational and effective activity.
Word of the success of Taming Bigfoot began to spread and it was not long before representatives of climate-concerned groups beyond Jefferson County were inquiring about the possibilities of running a similar competition in their home communities. This interest has led to Taming Bigfoot competitions being held in early 2018 and the development of the Taming Bigfoot website and the associated mobile apps, to support those competitions. Currently, there are Taming Bigfoot competitions in Ballard, Edmonds, South Seattle, First Hill and the University District.
Check out the Taming Bigfoot website: www.taming-bigfoot.org