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It’s being talked about more and more. You’ll hear it in the news, no matter which medium you choose. Your carbon footprint – and how to reduce it – is a big deal.
But what does it really mean?
Carbon Footprint is the impact we have on the Earth. It is measured by the amount of carbon dioxide that we release into the atmosphere with our daily activities.
If you take these averages, and adjust it to your lifestyle, you will have a general idea of how big your annual footprint is.
Depending on how much you travel, what type of food and products you buy, the size and efficiency of your home, it adds up. So for example, if you bike to work or take public transportation, and you are a vegetarian living in an energy efficient home, you are leaving a lighter footprint on the Earth.
It’s important to keep in mind however that not everybody’s lifestyle is the same, and it is not always feasible to ride a bike to work. Luckily, there are so many other ways to reduce your carbon footprint, that there is definitely an option for everyone.
The simplest way to answer this is: carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere in excess contributes to global warming and climate change. We can all take part in making the planet a healthier place to live for the global community by reducing our impact on the Earth. Keep in mind, burning fossil fuel for energy generation - coal and crude oil for example - is still one of the greatest contributors to carbon dioxide emissions. That means decreasing dependency on this type of energy consumption is already a stride forward in reducing your carbon footprint.
Here are five great ways to reduce your carbon footprint:
If you are looking for more inspiration and tips, take a peek at this site for a great list of other ways you can make a positive impact with your daily actions: The Lazy Persons Guide to Saving the World.
So now that you know a little bit more about what you can do, are you ready to take a step forward to reduce your carbon footprint?If you'd like to share your ideas with others on how you got started on reducing your environmental impact on the Earth, comment below or connect on social media.
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