The amount of carbon dioxide we produce has become a big environmental issue. While the problem may seem too large to handle, it starts with each individual person’s carbon footprint and what they can do to lessen the impact they have on the environment. A carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide a specific person, or place, releases into the atmosphere.
According to Time For Change,
“A carbon footprint is defined as: The total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). Your carbon footprint is the sum of all emissions of CO2 (carbon dioxide), which were induced by your activities in a given time frame. Usually a carbon footprint is calculated for the time period of a year. “
There are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint, such as the following.
1. Don’t drive
There are many different ways to get around aside from driving. You could walk or ride a bike in order to completely eliminate the amount of carbon emissions you create getting around besides keeping you fit. For longer distances, carpooling and public transportation produces much less carbon emissions than if everyone were to drive their own car.
2. Buy an electric car
Electric cars produce no carbon emissions and can easily be charged at your home. They are becoming increasingly popular and it is expected a shift from fuel powered cars to electric cars will happen gradually.
3. Do not buy a fuel heavy car
If you almost never use the extra space provided by a minivan or an SUV, consider buying a hitch-mounted cargo rack instead.