In our day and age being aware of the amount of carbon dioxide emissions, we release into the atmosphere couldn’t be more crucial.
Carbon dioxide is the most important gas for controlling the earth’s temperatures and without it not only would we be shivering in the cold but there would be no plants & tree’s around to release oxygen which allows us to breathe freely.
That said, having extra amounts of CO2 (carbon dioxide) in the atmosphere is not ideal either. It is estimated at this moment there is up 30% more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere today than there was 100 years ago.
When too much carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere the earth’s temperature rises and it becomes warmer. This results in other side effects which impact our planet in a negative way. If the earth’s temperature were to increase by just 2 degrees, scientists predict the following things could happen:
- Sea levels could increase up to 1.5 feet resulting in many coastlines being flooded across the world.
- Some regions may lose up to 1/3 of it’s fresh water.
- Heatwaves will get longer and tougher which could affect crop growth in a number of countries.
- Warmer oceans will damage sea life and coral reefs endangering the habitat and lives of millions of species.
From the above, we can tell this is no small issue and affects everyone and everything on our planet. This is why it’s all the more important for everyone to do their part and chip in where they can.
So what can you do help? Below we’ve put together a list of 5 easy things you can start implementing into your life to help reduce your carbon footprint.
1) Start Recycling
Recycling is simple and many of us to do it already. If you don’t we recommend that you give it a shot as you will be helping the environment in multiple ways.
Waste in general has a negative impact on the environment as many harmful gasses are released from rubbish in landfill sites.
Some benefits of recycling include:
- It helps us retain some of the natural resources.
- Recycling produces lower emission as we’re using less energy to source & process new raw materials.
- It reduces incineration which also helps reduce carbon emissions because the process of incineration generates emissions.
2) Drive Less
Driving less undoubtedly helps reduce our carbon footprint because most of our vehicles produce carbon emissions.
As oppose to driving try to walk, cycle or even use public transport to get to where you need to go. A bus may emit more emissions but it also carries eight times more people than your average motor.
If driving less and other options aren’t viable, do some research and purchase a car with lower CO2 emissions. You could even opt for an electric car with zero emissions which would help immensely.
3) Reduce Energy Usage
There are many things you can do in and around your home to reduce energy usage which in turn will help reduce your carbon footprint. Some of these include:
- Turning off everything at the plug. (Stand by mode uses energy)
- Installing energy saving bulbs.
- Buying energy efficient appliances.
- Adding in solar panels.
4) Insulate your Home
Insulating your home is a long term investment and over time will easily make you back what you spent on it in the form of saving on energy bills.
Insulating a home helps to reduce your carbon footprint because the insulation aids in keeping your home warmer meaning you’re wasting less energy to keep it warm which results in lower carbon emissions.
An added bonus of adding insulation to your home is that it does increase it’s value. Be sure to mention this to any budding house buyers for a chance at getting more for your property!
5) Think Before you Eat
As odd as it might sound, eating less of certain foods and not wasting food can have a huge impact on your carbon footprint. Below we’ve put together some food and eating related tips that will help reduce emissions.
- First of all, try not to waste any food and if there is any wastage dispose of it by recycling and not just dumping it in the trash.
- When shopping use bags for life.
- Eating organic and locally produced food will reduce the amount of imported goods that are brought into the country.
- Consider eating less beef and dairy products. Cows are not easy to raise and many countries now are wiping out tropical areas so they can make space for breeding grounds. Remember, deforestation is one of the top contributors for carbon emissions increasing!
A Final Word
Global warming and climate change are real and we’re already witnessing some of the effects a warmer earth will have on us.
This issue affects everyone and everything so it’s imperative that people work together to help reduce carbon emissions as a whole for a healthier, longer lasting earth.