Nations around the world are seeing and feeling the effects of global warming and climate change.
While governments are deciding the best rules and regulations to set in place, it’s up to each citizen
to do their best to reduce their individual carbon footprint.
From choosing and driving the right car to purchasing and washing one’s clothes, there are plenty
of ways to be kinder to the earth.
Reduce the carbon footprint when travelling.
Consider the following possibilities:
-biking to work
-walking to a friend’s house
-and taking the bus rather than travelling to destinations less than 20 miles away.
-Moreover, if you’re headed to the same destination as family members and friends,
carpool rather than take separate vehicles.
Speaking of vehicles, drivers can spare the environment of a lot of needless emissions by:
-accelerating more slowly
-driving the speed limit
-maintaining steady speeds
-and keeping their car running well.
-Also, make your next car one that is fuel efficient.
Read about the Dodge Dart, which is manufactured with the environment in mind.
Keep your mind green when it comes to home ownership or living in an apartment:
-consider getting solar panels
-think about upgrading your windows to save on heating and cooling;
-and, opt for appliances that conserve energy.
Even if you’re paying a bit more upfront, you’ll save in the long term.
-Be mindful of unplugging electronics and turning off lights and televisions before
exiting a room.
If you’re not the owner of the business, you can make suggestions to the boss.
-For example, if the office houses a number of computers, be sure that IT people tell
employees how to set monitors to use the least amount of electricity.
-Also, rather than using paper, consider using digital documents, scanning, and storing
data in the cloud rather than relying on paper and printing.
-Lastly, ask your boss to switch to energy-efficient light bulbs and use lighting in certain
areas when people are present.
-Read about occupancy sensors.
Leaving a carbon footprint is not always intentional.
Most of the damage to the environment is done through indirect methods, such as the way
we buy and use goods and services.
-do your part to stop junk mail.
-put your name on a list so you don’t receive direct mailers.
-Also, be mindful of buying locally, which influences the amount of shipping fuel burned.
-Do what you can to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
-Lastly, don’t be wasteful with food.
Otherwise, the excess gets tossed in landfills and contributes to the carbon emissions related
to transporting the waste.
Whether you’re going on vacation or visiting a remote destination to attend a wedding or
birthday party, suggest the host selects a venue that is convenient for the highest number
of attendees, which ensures that less fuel is burned.
Also, have hosts suggest that attendees choose a lodging venue that is mindful of the environment;
attendants can share rooms rather than booking separate ones.
In addition, attendants can make a donation toward a green cause to counter the need for travel
and burning fuel.
About the Author
Peter Cook is an eco-friendly Father who is trying to make reasonable changes to his family’s lifestyle wherever possible. He is keen to share his thoughts and educate others on what they can do to help our planet.