What is your carbon footprint?
A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases (including carbon dioxide and methane) that are generated by our actions. Some of the most common examples of these lifestyle factors and activities include: Transportation use, electricity use, dietary choices, purchasing habits, and general waste.
Why is having a high carbon footprint bad?
Our carbon footprint has a negative impact on the environment in multiple ways: It is the main cause of human-induced climate change, contributes to urban air pollution, and leads to toxic acid rain. It traps heat in the atmosphere which prevents the Earth from cooling causing global temperatures to increase. This would affect environmental conditions, weather pattern, food and water supplies, and sea levels.
How can I reduce my carbon footprint?
There are many ways you can reduce your carbon footprint. Going green helps reduce your carbon footprint enormously. Going green includes, but is not limited to:
Switching to Solar
Solar power is a clean and renewable source of energy. It isn’t dependent on burning fossil fuels. It uses electrons captured from the sun’s energy to create energy.
Eat more plant foods and less animal foods
Meat and dairy industries are some of the top contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions.
Try other forms of transportation if possible
Driving your car burns fossil fuels such as petrol, which then produces carbon dioxide from the exhaust pipe. If your work is close to your home, take your bike. If you have a local bus station or subway, take the bus.
There are many other ways to help reduce your carbon footprint. If we can all make one simple change to help reduce our carbon footprint, it would make a world of difference.