Carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouse gas released into the atmosphere by specific human actions. Carbon footprints are not only applicable to humans, they can also apply to factories, companies, and industries. Carbon footprint is often referred to as Co² and can include nitrous oxide, methane, and other greenhouse gases. If you’re interested in learning how you can reduce your footprint then keep reading.
Although it is possible to reduce your carbon footprint, it is important to remember that the majority of CO² being produced is not produced by individuals but rather by industries and factories. You can reduce your carbon footprint but it is much more effective to reduce your support to companies with high CO² emissions and elect political officials with clear-cut plans to address climate change. With that being said, here are five ways you can reduce your carbon contribution.
- FOOD – A lot of the meat produced in first world countries are produced in factories. Not only are these factories extremely unethical and cruel to animals, but they also contribute immensely to the CO² emissions. To produce as much meat as possible these animals are fed a lot of food and this causes them to release a gas called methane which is very harmful to the ozone layer. Now, when one cow farts in one acre and another farts ten acres away, the impact is not as dangerous. However, in these factories, you have thousands of cows in crowded spaces all releasing methane constantly. This is the case for the majority of the 1.5 billion cows in the world. If you can opt for a pescetarian, vegetarian, or vegan diet. If you can’t, consider cutting out red meat (cow meat). You can shop for more whole foods and organic foods. These are better for you and the environment.
- CLOTHING – Next to the meat industry, the clothing industry, fast fashion to be precise, is also extremely detrimental to the environment. The creation process as well as the fact that some of them will end up in landfills makes them extremely harmful. If you can buy second hand from thrift shops or support clothing brands who are not practicing fast fashion.
- TRANSPORTATION – The majority of planes and cars run on petroleum fuels and gas. This is bad because they cause harmful emissions but also because the process used to get these minerals is also very detrimental to the environment. Oil spills leave the waters oily and contaminated for years. Opt for public transportation if you can, walk, use bicycles, or invest in cars that do not run on fossil fuels.
- Reuse and Recycle – Waste is one of the biggest proponents of global warming. Although they might not cause outright CO² emissions, they often end up in landfills or polluting the ocean. Generate less waste by using reusable bags, avoiding single-use plastic and straws, and finally recycle whenever you can.
- Reduce Electricity Usage – Another way to reduce your carbon footprint is by using less electricity and opting for more “green energy.” This means solar panels and utilizing natural light a lot more.
When first confronted with the reality of climate change you might feel overwhelmed and worried if you’ll ever be able to make a difference. You can. All you have to do is try.