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Carbon Emissions Are On The Rise
Many of you will have already heard the debate regarding climate change, carbon emissions and the effect of our carbon footprint on the environment. However, our need to act on it has never been more relevant. According to reports, carbon emissions in the United States rose rapidly by 3.4% last year. This accounted for one of the biggest jumps in greenhouse gases levels in the last two decades. This problem will not go away unless we decide to take action. Making the smallest of lifestyle changes can go a long way in protecting our environment and making it safer for coming generations. If you are interested in finding out how to do this, keep reading.
5 Ways To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
As we have mentioned previously, our carbon footprint refers to the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) we emit from carrying out certain activities such as driving our cars or even using electricity. As time goes on and our use of certain materials or resources increases, so will our carbon footprint. Although, we are not saying that you have to completely stop these activities for good. Making the smallest of changes can go a long way for reducing our carbon emissions.
Below are five of the best ways that you can reduce your carbon footprint this year:[vc_single_image image=”27254″ img_size=”full”][vc_wp_text]
Try stick to foods and products that you know are organic, environmentally-friendly and where possible, produced locally. Choosing to eat organic is very beneficial for the environment as these products are not sprayed with toxic pesticides or chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Processed foods, on the other hand, are major polluters and are known to be detrimental for the health of the planet and ourselves. Similarly, you should be mindful of buying products that are shipped internationally. When products are shipped from abroad, the transport that they require – plane, ship or train all add up when it comes to our carbon footprint.
Limiting our meat consumption, especially red meat, can also make a difference. The production of red meat requires 11 times more water and emits 5 times more emissions than some of its poultry counterparts. Cutting back on the amount of meat that we consume on a regular basis can significantly help reduce our carbon footprints.[/vc_wp_text][vc_single_image image=”27255″ img_size=”full”][vc_wp_text]
A lot of people are unaware that the plugs for their electronic devices also increase the amount of carbon that we emit each year. Coined as ‘vampire power’ even if our devices are not plugged in, our electric cords and plugs will continue to suck energy. This can account for up to $19 billion of energy drainage every year. Seems like a waste, doesn’t it? The good news is that there is a simple solution. One way to commit to cutting down on our carbon footprint is to make sure that you unplug your devices and electronic cables whenever they are not being used. Doing so will help save a lot of energy this year.
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Travel By Bike or Foot
We all know that the emissions given out by our vehicles are not ideal for the environment. Where possible, choose to walk or use your bike when commuting. More and more cities around the United States are investing in the correct infrastructure needed to make commuting via other forms of transport more convenient and possible. Making the small decision to leave your car at home when going to work or the grocery store will have immediate results in regards to the amount of carbon dioxide you produce.[/vc_wp_text][vc_single_image image=”27257″ img_size=”full”][vc_wp_text]
Plant A Garden
We all know that plants absorb carbon dioxide, so by planting some green plants or a small garden you can help to counterbalance your carbon emissions. Why not consider planting a vegetable garden or some bee-friendly flowers in your back yard. Or if you live in a city apartment, turn your balcony into your own little garden space. Hang baskets of flowers and buy potted plants. Creating more green spaces, where possible, will do wonders not only for the wildlife in your locality but also the planet.
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Buy Reusable Products
Finally, one of the best ways that you can commit to reducing your carbon footprint this year is by buying reusable products. There are many brands that are now committed to creating products and packaging that is repurposable and reusable such as Green Forest, Earth Science and Repurpose. Using these kinds of products is an environmentally-friendly, alternative way to waste management. The less waste that we produce each year, the more beneficial is it for our environment as it reduces the strain on valuable resources and cuts down on the amount of emissions we create.
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New Year, New Earth: Fighting For Carbon Neutrality
The fight for carbon neutrality is now more important than it ever has been before. Climate change is a serious global problem and is worsening each year. By incorporating small lifestyle changes into your daily life this year and becoming responsible for our personal carbon emissions, we can all make a difference to the issue that is climate change. So, be it through planting a garden, using your bike more or purchasing reusable products you can start making a difference today.[/vc_wp_text][vc_empty_space]