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There are many metrics for gauging the impact of humanity’s activities on the environment. A carbon footprint is one of these metrics and it quantifies how much waste a particular human-driven process generates through its lifecycle. In particular, it measures the greenhouse emissions (predominantly carbon dioxide) released into the atmosphere.
Reducing your carbon footprint
Your carbon footprint can be reduced by optimizing the processes that emit carbon. Here are a few easy ways you can do this in your household:
- Use a cleaner commute
The transport industry is a major source of the world’s greenhouse gases, and you’re probably part of it. Perhaps you use your car to run even short errands, or perhaps you enjoy that late evening drive through the sunset at your local freeway.
But, did you know that going carless for up to a year could reduce the world’s global carbon footprint by about 2.6 tons? That’s a lot from one individual, and in place of a car, you could the bus, a train or, better yet, hop on a bike.
- Eat with concern for the environment.
Our food takes resources to grow, and often the growing process itself generates a significant amount of greenhouse gases. Some foods generate disproportionately more greenhouse gases than others, and you can help the environment by avoiding these food types. A key example is red meat. Instead of that steak treat you planned to gobble up this weekend, why not settle for a serving of green vegetables and maybe some fish to spice it up. It’s not just ideal for the environment; it’s healthier for your body too!
- Tone down the wastage
If humans limit their waste, we will reduce the amount of greenhouse gas generating resources that we use. Is the water heater on when you’re not in the shower? Turn it off. Are you spending more on your electricity bill than your next-door neighbour despite having a similar household configuration? Consider buying energy-saving electrical appliances. Do you leave the reading lamp on even when you’re not reading? Time to stop that habit.
Remember, it’s the small reductions in wastage that stacks up to significant energy savings and lower emissions.
- Finally, recycle
Another efficient way to reduce wastage and emissions is through recycling. Most municipalities provide a system for recycling and if you’re not already making use of that system, now is the best time to start.
Recycling can also come in the form of donating your unused electronics and other items to people who need them. When you donate, you reduce the need for more items to be produced, and in turn reducing the amount of greenhouse gases generated by the production process.
Vast amount of energy being produced in the world is done by burning fossil fuels like petroleum and gas. Even we need petrol to drive our car and light our stoves. Carbon footprint are defined as “The total amount of CO2 and methane gas (greenhouse gases) we are releasing into the environment by consuming energy”.
Importance of reducing carbon footprints
Reducing carbon footprints will help us diminishing the causes of greenhouse gases and their contribution towards detrition the environment slowly. Due to deforestation, increase in the concentration of carbon will ultimately increase the temperature of earth and will leads towards climate change. If the temperature of the earth will be too high, it will no more be a place for the survival of life. Reducing the carbon emissions will definitely be promising a sustainable and healthy environment. It will also save us from wasting useful natural resources. It also helps to initiate different businesses and activities that contributes towards the sustainable environment.
Ways to reduce carbon foot prints
Among the different available ways to reduce carbon footprints on earth, tree planting is the most sustainable one. Trees are the major contributor towards the reduction of carbons dioxide from the atmosphere. Tree planting can help to restore the environment to its most sustainable form. As trees will inhale all the present carbon dioxide in the environment, and exhale oxygen into the environment, will be contributing towards the climate change by reducing the temperature of planet earth. Plants also store carbon from atmosphere to the soil, promising the healthier environment. So, we can say that, more the plants present in the environment, the healthier the environment will be.