Reducing your carbon footprint doesn’t have to be hard and complicated. There are many ways to reduce your carbon emissions and help save earth. Carbon emissions occur naturally, however our activities contribute greatly to greenhouse gasses. Each individual and household has a carbon footprint which impacts our environment. Common activities like using electricity and driving a car releases carbon emissions into the air.
How to cut down on your Carbon Dioxide (CO2)?
Here are a few simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint by Barry Brook, Professor and Scientist of Technology and Environment:
- Make your home more energy-efficient – Switch off lights when you leave a room, use energy-efficient light bulbs and appliances to help reduce electricity use, install a solar geyser to start with then solar panels to take your home off the grid.
- Eat less red meat – Animals which consist of red meat produces large amounts of methane, which is a greenhouse gas worse than CO2.
- Start carpooling – Do not use your vehicle if it’s unnecessary. Buddy up with colleagues and start a lift club with these individuals to save on fuel costs.
- Reduce, reuse and recycle – Think sustainability- instead of replacing try fixing the object first. Reuse items such as glass bottles which can be created into décor for your home.
- Buy local produce – Food kilometres speak to the CO2 which is placed into the atmosphere by importing produce which can be found locally. Go to your nearest family market or green market and buy your produce locally.
Why cut down your CO2?
According to Alyssa Morse, a professional writer with interest in writing about science, medicine and health, carbon emissions have the following types of effects:
Effects on the environment – The rising and cooling temperatures of otherwise colder and warmer areas of the Earth respectively, have a significant impact on the ecosystems in those areas. Rainy seasons are shifting, affecting all fauna and flora. Our ice caps are melting due to global warming, which could cause the extinction of many animals you reside in those areas. Seasons are changing due to carbon emissions released into the atmosphere.
Effects on human health – Eroding shorelines and tidal coastal cities are just two of the many possibilities that global warming can bring upon us. Already in our city of Cape Town, the drought is affecting our day to day living with restrictions and some communities not having access to clean water and getting ill as a result of poor quality water. Droughts can affect crop growth times and quality due to lack of water. Carbon emissions in the atmosphere can also cause respiratory problems in humans.
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