What's your carbon footprint?
One of the biggest global issues of our time is climate change, which itself is caused by excessive carbon emission into the atmosphere. While some countries are doing a commendable job at cutting carbon emission thereby mitigating the impact of global warming, others simply don’t subscribe to the idea of cutting down on carbon emission. The world is thus divided over how best to tackle climate change, or if it even exists in the first place.
Whether or not the world could collectively address the issue of climate change, there are baby steps that individuals could take to at least reduce their personal carbon footprint. These steps are nothing out of the world but require environmental self-consciousness and dedicated effort.
The first two lifestyle changes an individual has to alter are mode and frequency of travels and choice of food. Unknown to many, air travel is said to be the largest component of the carbon footprint, especially for frequent travelers. If there are options, it is advised that frequent travelers do so by other means.
Also, the more red meat one consumes the more carbon they contribute because cows and sheep emit large quantities of methane, which is a notable global warming gas. You don’t have to become a vegetarian, but eating meat less frequently will significantly help the environment.
Another way an individual could cut their personal carbon footprint is consuming less of home appliances and wearable devices. According to Apple, 80 per cent of the carbon footprint of a new laptop comes from manufacturing and distribution, not use in the home. Our ‘fast fashion’ world means that new products are introduced to the market, with very little valuable modification to the old. Therefore, simply buying less stuff is a good route to lower emissions. A single T-shirt may have caused emissions equal to two or three days’ typical power consumption. Buying fewer and better things has an important role to play.
And don’t forget to unplug those devices, because anytime a cord is plugged into a socket, it is drawing energy – so although your device isn’t charging, you’re still contributing to your carbon footprint.