How You Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint, by Trisha Peswani
Updated: Jan 13
We all know that the release of carbon dioxide is one of the leading causes for global warming. Over the past century the burning of fossil fuels has led to an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration. The United States alone emitted 5.1 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2017 according to the United States Geological Survey. Though much of this is attributed to large corporations, individuals can also play a significant role. By reducing your own carbon footprint you can make a major difference in the future of our world. Here are some ways you can make changes:
Use Public Transportation
Try to drive less by using public buses, walking, or cycling. In the U.S., public transportation saves 37 million tons of carbon emissions each year.
Plant a Garden
No matter where you live, planting a garden is possible. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and leads to better cooling.
Turn off water while brushing your teeth and use the least amount of water possible while showering. Another tactic is line drying clothes because just one dryer load wastes so much energy which many people do not realize.
Cut Down on Energy Use
Switch lights off when you leave your room. Unplug your electronic devices when they are not in use. Anytime a cord is plugged in, energy is being sucked out so leave your devices unplugged unless you are actually charging them.
Fast fashion is when companies constantly produce clothes that are cheap and trendy. This means that as they go out of style, they are dumped in landfills. In addition, most fast fashion comes from countries in Asia so shipping across the world requires the use of fossil fuels. Try to not buy from retailers that use fast fashion or just don’t buy much at all! However, when you do, recycle clothes you don’t want and ALWAYS bring a reusable bag!
If each person just cuts down on the amount of carbon they produce, the global carbon footprint will significantly reduce. The next time you go to do something, think about how you can make it more eco friendly. Start the change and others will follow!