Did you know that in 2018 5.27 billion metric tons of CO2 were produced by energy consumption alone in the United States? After events in Australia during the last year, we are more aware than ever of the impact of our carbon footprint.
If you thinking seriously about the future and what we can do to reduce greenhouse gases, what can you do? What steps can you take to reduce your personal impact? Check out our in-depth guide below to find out.
1. Purchase an Electric Car
To say that the US likes gas is a colossal understatement. According to recent statistics, the US consumes more gas than Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa combined.
In the 21st century, it does not have to be that way. The electric car, even high-performance electric cars, are a reality. If public transport used this technology the effect on the US carbon footprint would be significant.
If incentives were provided so that drivers could benefit from swapping their gas guzzler to an electric vehicle it would be better still. Each person that purchases an electric car is reducing our carbon footprint.
2. Minimize Air Travel
The global travel industry generates a massive 2.5% of global carbon dioxide emissions. While the International Civil Aviation Organization is making moves to reach a carbon-neutral state, no one can deny its current impact.
This is something that each of us can influence. By taking fewer flights each year. Perhaps by vacationing locally, we can show a responsible attitude towards air travel. Realistically, we live in an international age. We will not stop air travel completely. However, fewer flights mean fewer greenhouse gases.
3. Choose a Plant-Rich Diet
It’s ironic that cows are a major creator to greenhouse gases. Yet, with huge industrial farms increasing herd sizes to numbers never before seen, this is the reality.
The solution is to eat a more vegetation-based diet. By reducing the demand for beef we reduce farm sizes and thus their emissions. This does not mean a wholesale switch to veganism. It simply means that we need to cut down to save the planet.
4. Use Resources Efficiently
We do need resources such as electricity and water to live. however, the way we source and use them can reduce our impact on the planet.
Switching to a renewable source of energy such as solar panels would immediately reduce the burning of fossil fuels needed to create electricity traditionally.
In other cases, efficient use of water means less strain on providers. Many are switching to water tanks to capture and use rainwater. A water tank is very easily installed and can even look good in a house, like a slimline model shown here.
5. Avoid Food Waste
Currently, in the USA approximately 30-40% of the food supply is wasted. This means that while fuel is consumed and greenhouses are created in the production of food, we are only consuming 60-70% of it. By consuming what we create we could immediately have an impact on the environment.
Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Much More
It is the responsibility of all of us to reduce greenhouse gases and protect the environment for the next generation. This is possible for us if we are willing to make just a few small changes in our lifestyle.
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