There has been a lot of climatic change recently. Devastating storms, food insecurity, etc. altered our weather patterns. We can help to make our environment a better place to live in. Here are four ways we can reduce the carbon footprint.
Unplug your gadgets
You should completely power off your gadgets. You should unplug your chargers when they are not in use. This simple practice can save you $100 every year on your electricity bill.
Take Public Transit or Carpool
On average, an American spends 18 days a year in a car. Every car emits carbon dioxide. You can use carpooling to reduce the carbon footprint. You can also use public transportation system to cut down the carbon footprint.
Adjust your thermostat and curtain
If you can adjust your home temperature, then you can significantly contribute to the reduction of carbon footprint. You can keep your home two degrees warmer in the summer and two degrees cooler in the winter. You should also turn off the thermostat when not in use. It can save up to 15% of your energy bill. You should keep your curtains open in winter to let the sunlight in during the day and keep them closed at night. During summer, you can close the windows to keep away the extra sunlight and open it during the night for a cool breeze.
Recycling is a major step towards getting a sustainable environment. Many people are now cautious about recycling products. As a responsible person, we should all recycle the following items.
Aluminum cans are fully recyclable. It can be recycled many times. Transforming recycled cans into new cans take 95% less energy compared to making new cans. So you can recycle soda cans, juice cans, etc.
PET plastic bottles
We should use plastic made out of recycled resources. It uses two-thirds less energy compared to making new plastic. Plastic bottles use more than any other type of plastic, and these are the easiest to recycle.
The paper makes up a major portion of the municipal waste stream in the U.S. Recycling papers can conserve resources and save energy. They won’t clog up the landfills.
It represents a high percentage of the commercial solid waste stream. 90% of this material comes from the commercial or non-residential sector. So, when you receive a big box of parcel next time, make sure you recycle it.
Steel products can also be recycled without hampering the quality of the steel. Every year more than 80 million tons of steel are recycled in America. Recycling steel cans save a lot of money.
We should develop the habit of recycling these products. If these end up in landfills, a huge volume of waste will accumulate and will be harmful to our environment. By recycling these products, we can make our environment much healthy.
There are many ways we are causing damage to our environment. Here are the most important environmental issues the world is facing today.
We cannot live without water. But water is becoming scarce now. Freshwater is only available to one-fifth of the world’s population. Others cannot access drinking water due to drought, pollution and wastage. The degradation of the quality of water not only poses a problem to drinking water but also has a huge impact on the marine life.
It is a real threat to our planet. Forests comprise 30% of the planet’s land and offer important protection from flooding and sandstorms. It is also essential for natural habitat for wildlife. They can offset the carbon emission. Without forests, there will be places vulnerable to heat and other climate change. We should stop deforestation and start replanting to save our planet.
The carbon emission from cars is very harmful to the environment. Car manufacturing companies are coming up with more energy efficient cars nowadays. Cars are bocoming greener now. Still, people must be cautious in driving their vehicles. Wherever possible, they should use more environment-friendly transportation.
As the population is increasing, more people are disposing of off their electronics and clothing, thus increasing the volume of the landfill. We should use reusable and recyclable products to reduce waste. Otherwise, our water will be polluted, and there will be more release of greenhouse gases into the environment.
We are having extreme weather events and natural disasters. For this reason, global warming is increasing. The sea level is predicted to rise 20-80 inches by 2100, thus increasing the chance of flood.
To get a more sustainable future, we should carry on practices to lower emissions of greenhouse gases. We all need to work together to protect our environment.