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. What can you do if you are thinking seriously about the future, and what can we do to reduce greenhouse gases? What steps can you take to reduce your 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. Electric cars, even high-performance electric cars, are a reality. If public transport used this technology, the effect on the US carbon footprint would be significant.
It would still be better if incentives were provided so drivers could benefit from swapping their gas guzzlers for electric vehicles. Nevertheless, each person that purchases an electric car is reducing our carbon footprint.
2. Minimize Air Travel
The global travel industry generates 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 we can show a responsible attitude towards air travel by vacationing locally. Realistically, we live in an international age. We will not stop air travel altogether. However, fewer flights mean fewer greenhouse gases.
3. Choose a Plant-Rich Diet
Ironically, cows constitute a significant creator of greenhouse gases. Yet, this is the reality with huge industrial farms increasing herd sizes to numbers never seen.
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, how we source and use them can reduce our impact on the planet.
Switching to a renewable energy source 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. Like a slimline model, a water tank is easily installed and can look good in a house.
5. Avoid Food Waste
Approximately 30-40% of the food supply is wasted in the USA. This means that while fuel is consumed and greenhouses are created in food production, we are only down 60-70% of it. By consuming what we create, we could immediately impact 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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