There’s No Planet B!

What is a carbon footprint?

  • The total amount of greenhouse gases (including carbon dioxide and methane) produced by our actions is referred to as our carbon footprint. The average carbon footprint on a global scale is closer to 4 tons. By 2050, the average worldwide carbon footprint per year must be under 2 tons to have the best chance of averting a 2°C rise in global temperatures.

Why should you care?

  • The earth's resources are consumed in various amounts by the world's 7 billion people. According to UN estimates, the global population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050, and more than 11 billion by 2100. Population growth increases emissions and reduces the planet's resources.


Global warming is exacerbated by increased greenhouse gas emissions. It causes rapid climate change, which has severe consequences for our world. By making climate-friendly decisions in our daily lives, we can all help to combat global warming.


How can you reduce your carbon footprint?

  • Understanding your carbon footprint can help you reduce the environmental impact of your usage. There are a variety of internet tools available to help you estimate your carbon footprint.

In the long term, small improvements can make a large effect, such as in transportation, food, clothing, energy, and so on. Here are some suggestions:


Food

  • Consume seasonal and local goods (forget oranges in summer).

  • Bring your own (reusable) shopping bags and avoid things that come with excessive plastic wrapping.

  • To avoid waste, make sure you only buy what you need.

  • Compost your leftover food.

  • Limit your consumption of meat.

Clothing

  • Buy clothes from eco-friendly manufacturers.

  • Try swapping, borrowing, renting, or buying second-hand.

  • Choose natural fibers such as; cotton, linen, wool, silk, etc.

  • Prefer quality to quantity.

Transport

  • Drive less

  • Reduce the amount of air conditioning you use when driving.

  • Take Public Transportation

  • Use electrical vehicles

  • Walk, Jog, or Bike!

Energy and Waste

  • Take short showers.

  • If your phone's battery is full, don't leave it on charge.

  • While brushing your teeth, turn off the water.

  • switch to sustainable, clean energy.

Credits:

Illustration: Adam Simpson / The New York Times

 

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