With the threat of severe global warming looming over us all, it’s more important than ever to be aware of how to reduce your carbon footprint. The scientific consensus that humans are causing global warming is likely to have passed 99%.
The world’s leading climate scientists have warned that there are only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C. Anything beyond this, even a slight temperature change of half a degree, could have a catastrophic effect and worsen the risk of extreme heat, droughts and flooding.
It’s our responsibility to create simple but effective changes in our everyday lives to combat this. If you would like to make a conscious effort to save the environment but are unsure about how to reduce your carbon footprint, here are some simple tips on where to begin:
1. How to reduce your carbon footprint: eat less meat
Animal agriculture is considered to be one of the most problematic issues when it comes to climate change. Farms and big corporations that produce red meat contribute to the creation of methane, which is a greenhouse gas similar to carbon dioxide. A cow can produce between 70 – 120kg of methane a year.
The environmental impact that red meat farming inflicts on the environment dwarfs that of other meat including chicken and pork. A study conducted by the University of Oxford revealed that meat-rich diets (defined as more than 100g per day) resulted in 7.2kg of carbon dioxide emissions. Reducing your meat intake, with a particular focus on red meat, can result in fewer carbon emissions being produced.
2. Save energy through your electronic devices
Even if the mains are switched off, electricity can still be passed through to your devices if they are plugged in. By making a conscious effort to unplug your home devices, you can conserve energy and reduce your consumption.
Although this is a minimal change to make, if everybody in the UK did the same, the impact would be huge. So, next time you have a device in the socket remember to unplug it!
3. Use another form of transport
Another way to reduce your carbon footprint is to drive less and to cycle more. Driving your vehicle is one of the prime contributors of CO2 emissions, which is why many companies and governments are bringing in initiatives to change this. Commuters are now cycling to work through cycle schemes rather than commute in their car. Environmentally conscious European countries such as Amsterdam are leading the way with cycle-friendly lanes.
4. Get ‘green fingers’
Ever thought about taking up gardening? Planting more flowers and growing garden can go a long way to reducing your carbon footprint. Plants absorb carbon dioxide which is great for the health of humans and the environment. It can also help with making the environment cooler and prevent the earth from ‘heating up’.
5. Dry your clothes naturally
A final method on how to reduce your carbon footprint is to dry your clothes naturally. Drying clothes can save up to ⅓ of your carbon footprint compared to using the dryer which is one of the most common appliances for consuming energy.
Now that you know how to reduce your carbon footprint you can begin to make small changes to your lifestyle What we do and the choices we make can ultimately make a huge difference so consider the choice you make when trying to reduce your carbon footprint.
The Eversmart Family