In recent years, the environment movement has gained significant momentum, as the world slowly wakes up to the damage humans have done (and are doing) to the planet. From catastrophic climate events to undeniable rises in temperature and changes in the world’s ecosystem, it’s now becoming clear that mankind is on a crash course to disaster if we don’t collectively re-evaluate our lifestyles and understand the impact our personal choices are having on the world.
While it’s almost universally agreed that industrial growth and mass pollution have had the greatest effect on our changing world, scientists agree that we will all have a part to play if we’re to reverse climate change. On a personal level, even just making the smallest of changes could help mitigate the damage already done.
Tips to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Below are just a few very simple ways you could help turn the tide on the impending climate emergency:
Change your methods of transportation: Even just changing how you travel could help significantly reduce emissions – particularly if populations make changes en masse. Where possible, you should opt for cycling, walking, or taking public transport, rather than using a car. Should that not be practicable and you find you need a car, try carpooling with others. Also, try to use electric or hybrid vehicles where possible.
Use less energy: It should go without saying but you ought to always turn off lights and devices when they’re not in use. Also, remember to unplug chargers once your gadgets have fully charged. If you want to go a step further, you could also consider installing energy-efficient appliances and solar panels. Remember too, using less energy isn’t just confined to personal use in your own home. For example, it could cover things as diverse as taking steps to organise a sustainable wedding or choosing only to use products and services that are green-certified.
Try moving to a plant-based diet: The farming of livestock has been proven to be a significant contributor to greenhouse gases – produced both by the animals themselves and the production process thereafter. Try to reduce your consumption of animal products and instead look at embracing a more plant-based diet. While you don’t need to cut meat or other products derived from animals entirely from your diet, even just small changes will help reduce your footprint.
Reduce your water usage: Another no-brainer, but reducing your usage of water will also help mitigate your environmental impact. At a minimum, you should ensure your water system is efficient and fix any leaks but also think about taking shorter showers. You could also invest in low-flow taps and shower heads to help reduce how much water you use.
Recycle and reuse: The recycling movement has grown at pace over recent years with most modern cities now adopting a proactive approach to recycling waste. However, on a personal level, you should also try to avoid single-use products. Plus, resist the temptation of so-called ‘fast fashion’ (cheap, wear-once clothing). Instead, get more value from your clothes by reusing them.
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