Ways to Reduce your Carbon Footprint
Climate change is a serious issue that’s becoming more of a topic these days. Our carbon footprint is measured by the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that are released onto our environment. When there is an increase in greenhouse emissions, climate change comes into play. Climate change has led us to global warming. If we want to save our planet, not only for ourselves but for future generations, here are some tips and tricks that you can get started on to help out!
Stop eating (or eat less) meat
Meat is one of the main contributors of food’s carbon footprint. The methane that is released from animals such as cattle, sheep, and goats are extremely bad for our environment. Red meat uses many resources and it produces five times more emissions than poultry products. Making one vegetarian meal a week can make a great difference, reducing the amount of carbon equal to driving over 1,000 miles.
A study that took place in the US showed that public transportation saves 37 million tons of carbon emissions every year. Public transportation, walking, and biking are becoming more popular because it’s a good way to save our planet and get some exercise in!
Unplug your electronic devices
In case you didn’t know, all electronics use energy when they’re plugged in even if they’re off! Research has shown, in the US alone, that leaving electronics plugged in has caused up to $19 billion in energy draining every year folks! Once your electronic device is finished charging, unplug it! It’s that simple.
There’s only so much fresh water that we can enjoy. 96.5% of the water that’s on earth is too salty for human consumption! It’s so important that we conserve as much water as we can because we can’t make any more of it.
Eat local and organic
You may be wondering how eating locally will help reduce your carbon footprint. When you order or buy from distant countries, think about the journey that specific product has to go through. Planes, ships, trains, or trucks all contribute to the emission gases that are destroying our planet.
Plant a garden
Since plants absorb carbon dioxide, planting a garden is a quick and easy way to reduce your carbon footprint. If you decide to start a garden, why not plant some fruits and veggies too?