Carbon dioxide or CO2 remains a huge threat to the long-term prosperity of the world although increasing environmental awareness played a significant role in bringing down carbon emissions in established economies. Nations like US & UK have successfully reduced carbon emissions but emerging economies like India and Iran produced more CO2 than in previous years.
Since an emphasis is now being placed on an individual to reduce his/her level of carbon emissions, it is the per capita figure that offers a deep insight into the crux of the problem. Among the evolved economies, US continues to emit more CO2 at a staggering rate of 18 tonnes per person. But this can be improved and citizens must play an active role. Here are the 5 steps to reduce your carbon footprint that should be adopted by each and every individual.
Capitalize on Scientific Advancement
the introduction of tablets have helped in the rise of online news consumption which has subsequently led to a decline of the traditional publishing industry. The reduced circulation of newspapers have helped to save paper and trees and in the reduction of carbon emissions. The evolution of hybrid cars had a similar effect as it presented to the customers a unique opportunity to purchase affordable and stylish vehicles that are no threat to the environment.
Focus more on shipment costs and food waste
Food waste is one of the major contributors to the global carbon footprint especially in developed nations as the supply there is plentiful. Recent studies have suggested that customers can successfully carbon emissions by reducing the quantity of food they purchase and subsequently waste. The food manufacturers must also play an active role by utilizing the fertilizers in an efficient manner. The consumer should also look to purchase local produce so that they are able to reduce carbon costs of manufacturing and shipping the non-seasonal goods. Here is a video from explaining why we need to cut food waste so drastically.
Plant a tree
Planting of trees is considered to be one of the most effective methods of offsetting carbon emissions. Since the global paper consumption has grown by 400% in the last 4 decades, it makes sense to plant more trees to replenish almost 4 billion trees that are cut down and used by the paper industry.
Encourage thrift purchasing
Since there is a significant carbon cost involved in the manufacturing of new products, the growing popularity of thrift and online stores has been well appreciated. The thrift market has grown by almost 7% in the last couple of years and if anyone is looking to reduce his/her carbon emissions then buying used goods is a logical practice.
Use energy efficient modes of transport
Since motor vehicles contribute a lot to the release of CO2 in the air, efforts must be made to encourage people to walk or use a cycle whenever and wherever possible . The people must be informed of the various environmental and health benefits of cycling and walking so that they have no qualms in abandoning the cars and walking short distances in an effort to curb the carbon footprint.