Want to save the world? You can help save the world by reducing your carbon footprint! Yours, and everyone else's life choices have a large impact on the environment and the climate. Carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions have been linked to climate change... and we only have one Earth.
What is a Carbon Footprint?
A carbon footprint is a rough estimate of the annual amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases each person creates. Carbon Footprints are calculated on a variety of factors, including geographical location, age, and each year based your lifestyle choices.
What is Climate Change?
Climate Change (formerly known as Global Warming) is the pending threat of long term changes from the temperature of the Earth’s surface. Climate change has caused long term shifts to weather patterns, which is also causing events like glaciers melting and destroying coral reefs. As climate change continues more severe events will happen, like droughts, heat waves, and even hurricanes.
The following message is brought to you by The Nature Conservancy:
"Inevitably, in going about our daily lives—commuting, sheltering our families, eating—each of us contributes to the greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change. Yet, there are many things each of us, as individuals, can do to reduce our carbon emissions. The choices we make in our homes, our travel, the food we eat, and what we buy and throw away all influence our carbon footprint and can help ensure a stable climate for future generations."
Calculate YOUR Footprint
If you want to try and make some lifestyle changes that would reduce your carbon footprint... the first step is to find out what your carbon footprint is right now.
Simple ways to reduce your Carbon Footprint
- Switch to LED lightbulbs.
- Buy energy efficient items.
- Wash clothes in cold water and hang them to dry.
- Buy local and/or organic food
- Reduce how much water you use at home by taking shorter showers.
- Turn off the lights at night and when you leave home.
- Compost your food waste.
- Don't forget to recycle!
- Get crafty and and Up-Cycle
- Avoid driving by walking, biking, carpooling and/or using public transit as much as possible.
- Consider solar panels and/or wind turbines.
- Try a 'minimalist lifestyle'! Declutter your home and donate unneeded items to charity.
- Maybe even consider climate change when voting...
- Participate in greenhouse-reducing activities in your community.
One way to learn more about how to take care of the environment is by watching environmental documentaries. Some of them are funded by celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.
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Carbon Footprint Ltd. “Carbon Footprint.” Home of Carbon Footprinting, www.carbonfootprint.com/.
“The Nature Conservancy.” The Nature Conservancy, www.nature.org/en-us/.
“Top 20 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint.” 20 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint, www.globalstewards.org/reduce-carbon-footprint.htm.