How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

We’re not here to argue - to us climate change is real. It’s happening right before our eyes, every single day. There are countless studies proving the negative impact mankind has on the planet. Whether you believe it or not, if you want to see our earth grow and prosper well into the future, it’s time to take action. So, what can you do to make sure you’re doing your part to protect the environment and all she provides us? Figure out ways to reduce your carbon footprint. 

Not sure where to start? Here are 4 small changes you can begin implementing into your everyday life in order to lessen your impact on Mother Nature. 

Eat Local & Organic

You hear these things all the time.

“Shop local.” 

“Eat organic.” 

“Support small businesses.” 

It’s not for no reason. Not only are you supporting those in your own community, you’re helping reduce the carbon footprint created by importing and exporting goods. Think about it this way: when products and food come from distant cities and countries, how many modes of transportation did it take to arrive at its destination? Whether it was shipped by plane, train, or truck, it took a lot of energy and fuel to get there. This gets especially tricky when it comes to produce. Oftentimes, produce is harvested too early to prepare for shipment. Then, it sits in an insulated crate for who knows how long. This diminishes the overall quality of the food, decreasing the amount of nutrients. 

Furthermore, it’s just as important to shop organic as it is to shop local. Organically grown fruits and vegetables haven’t been doused with pesticides and other chemicals that are harmful to the environment and your health. Choosing whole foods is not only better for the environment, it’s crucial for your overall health and well-being. 

Drive Less

We’ve all been there before. You need to run a quick errand so you hop in the car and take off. But stop and think for a moment. What if you decided to walk or ride a bike? Or maybe you opt to take the bus. It may not seem like a big deal, but this small decision can have immediate results. Not only will you be effectively reducing your carbon emissions, you’ll also be getting a quick work out! Now, we’re not saying you should just completely get rid of your car. We understand cars are a valuable asset, especially for travel or long commutes to work. Remember, we’re talking about making small changes. So the next time you’re visiting a friend a few blocks away or you need to make a quick trip to the store, consider your alternatives. Each time you choose to leave your car at home, it’s to the benefit of our planet. 

Layoff Meat consumption

Most people don’t even realize the connection between meat consumption and climate change. Allow us to enlighten you. Animal agriculture is one of the worst culprits for water scarcity. Do you know how much water it takes to produce a single pound of beef? 5,000 gallons! That’s a lot of water that could be used for other resources. Yes, these are living, breathing animals and they need water to survive, but just so they can be slaughtered? It doesn’t make sense. Imagine how many plants/crops we could grow, how many third-world countries we could assist, how many people we could save… Even limiting your meat consumption can make a big difference. Like we mentioned, most people don’t even know this correlation, so it’s your job to inform others. 

don’t Waste Electricity

Have you ever heard of vampire power? Yes, this is actually a thing. When you leave your chargers and cables plugged in without actually using your device, it still sucks up energy. So even though you may think you’re not using any electricity, your device is still drawing power. The best way to fix this problem? Simply be sure to unplug all devices when they’re not in use. 

Another easy idea? Line-dry your clothes rather than using the drying machine. Did you know dryers are one of the top energy-consuming appliances? In fact, drying one load of laundry is equivalent to leaving over 200 light bulbs turned on for one hour! To help eliminate this unnecessary waste of electricity, all you have to do is hang your clothes to dry. It’s really that simple. 

Climate change is a huge issue, but there are ways to make small changes in order to have a big impact. You may think you’re just one person and your actions won’t have much of an effect on changing the world, but you’re wrong. All it takes is one person. In times of darkness, be the light. Open up your friends’ and families’ eyes. Before you know it, your one small change creates a ripple effect that can tremendously impact the world. 

By: Sydney Daly-Weber

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