Minimize Your Negative Impact on the Planet
Although ‘carbon footprint’ may sound like a buzz phrase, the reality of it is far more than just a concept. Simply put, it’s a measure of the impact our everyday processes have on the plant. It is the amount of carbon dioxide pumped into the atmosphere as a result of the activities of people, businesses, and organizations. Carbon emissions come from a range of sources, including our vehicles, energy plants, and diet.
As we all know, too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has disastrous effects on the environment. Experts have stated that global temperatures are rising – and the increased output of carbon has directly contributed to this. Commonly known as climate change, we are already seeing the results of our lifestyle habits through extreme weather conditions and frequent natural disasters. Luckily, it doesn’t take a lot to reduce the size of our carbon footprint.
Cut down on everyday travel. Cars emit CO2, so reducing the amount you drive is a fairly straightforward way to reduce your footprint. If you live in a town or city, walking to the station or catching public transport is a good way to start. Remember to carpool when you can, too!
Reuse and recycle. Recycling paper, cardboard, and plastic is an easy task we can all do. Encourage your children, friends, and colleagues to recycle materials and reuse what they can. Instead of using plastic bags on your weekly grocery shop, switch to tote bags. Instead of buying bottled water, buy a filter for your home’s faucet.
Adopt a plant-based diet. Livestock and their by-products account for 51 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Transport (including road, rail, air, and marine) are responsible for just 13 percent. Adopting a plant-based diet cuts your carbon footprint by 50 percent.
Eat locally-produced, seasonal, and organic fruit and vegetables. Transporting exotic fruits in the middle of winter, for example, requires extensive transportation. Additionally, many fertilizers are also fossil fuel-based. If you have a local farmers market, check out what seasonal and organic offering they provide!
Use less water. Lower the amount of energy used to pump, treat, and heat water by washing your car less often, using climate-appropriate plants in your garden, and switching your shower head and taps to water-efficient choices. Be sure to turn off the water when you’re brushing your teeth, too!
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