Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Carbon emissions have been rising every year for the past century and have lead to serious global issues such as global warming. It affects the world we live in and it is our issue to solve and we can start solving it by doing simple things that make a big impact on our environment. Some examples of how you can reduce your carbon footprint are riding a bike/walking, switching your light bulbs and turning them off when unused, and to stop wasting food.

N/A. March 26, 2015. "A photo representation of a carbon footprint." Online Image. https://environsolutions.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/carbon-footprint-our-individual-contributions/. June 10, 2015

N/A. March 26, 2015. “A photo representation of a carbon footprint.” Online Image. https://environsolutions.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/carbon-footprint-our-individual-contributions/. June 10, 2015

Ride a Bike/Walk

To start of, cars are the largest source of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants[1], so riding a bike/walking to your everyday places, such as school or work, can help reduce this carbon footprint made by many people. This will completely eliminate the carbon emissions created when you would otherwise drive to places. This can also help stop traffic jams for drivers on long trips, sure as delivery trucks, which would also help lower the carbon emissions made by these drivers as they wouldn’t have to stop in traffic jams and waste fuel. Also, walking and riding a bike is a great exercise, as you are using your leg muscles more than average, which is needed for a healthy life and diet. To summarize, riding a bike or walking to wherever you need to go can help reduce your carbon footprint as well as others and can be great exercise as well.

Biggs, Ben. November 28, 2015. "Person riding a bike." Online Image. http://www.howitworksdaily.com/why-dont-we-forget-how-to-ride-a-bike/. June 10, 2015.

Biggs, Ben. November 28, 2015. “Person riding a bike.” Online Image. http://www.howitworksdaily.com/why-dont-we-forget-how-to-ride-a-bike/. June 10, 2015.

Switch (Off) Your Lightbulbs

Another way you can reduce your carbon footprint is by replacing your light bulbs with CFL (compact fluorescent lights) bulbs and using them less.[2] Energy used at your home is produced by burning fossil fuels found within our planet. When these fossil fuels are burned, they release greenhouse gases which cause negative impacts on our environment. Using your light bulbs less will reduce the fossil fuels being used for energy which can be saved for later. Also, using CFL bulb will help when using your light bulbs is needed. “A 22 watt CFL has about the same light output as a 100-watt incandescent. CFLs use 50 – 80% less energy than incandescents”[3]. Using these type of light bulbs will help reduce a number of watts used and will help use less energy. As said before, using less energy will reduce the amount of fossil fuel energy used for lightbulbs.

No Author. No Date. "Display of different types of CFL bulbs." Online Image. June 10, 2015.

No Author. No Date. “Display of different types of CFL bulbs.” Online Image. http://energy.gov/energysaver/downloads/cfl-lightbulbs. June 10, 2015.

Stop Wasting Food

Lastly, a final way to help reduce your carbon footprint is to stop wasting food. You have been probably told by your parents to not waste your food and they were right. Throwing out your food will lead eventually to a landfill. Food within landfills produces methane, which traps heat within our atmosphere, similar to carbon dioxide and contaminates our water.[4] Also, it can cause carbon emissions from having to transport hundreds of pounds of it.[5] So remember not to waste your food as it can help you both your hunger and the environment.

Lam, Fancis. December 16, 2010. "Person throwing food into the trash." Online Image. http://www.salon.com/2010/12/17/more_tips_to_avoid_wasting_food/. June 10, 2015.

Lam, Fancis. December 16, 2010. “Person throwing food into the trash.” Online Image. http://www.salon.com/2010/12/17/more_tips_to_avoid_wasting_food/. June 10, 2015.

To finish, there are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint which are very easy such as riding a bike/walking, switching your light bulbs to CFL and turning them off when unused, and wasting no more food. These small things can help the environment in big ways and can also help you as well. It is our responsibility to help the environment in any way that we can since it’s our home to take care of. Hope you enjoyed reading this blog post and that you learned something along the way.

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References

[1] “Get on Your Bike – and off Oil.” David Suzuki Foundation. Web. 10 June 2015. <http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/reduce-your-carbon-footprint/support-alternatives-to-owning-and-driving-a-car/>.

[2] “25 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint.” COTAPorg Carbon Offsets To Alleviate Poverty. Web. 10 June 2015. <http://cotap.org/reduce-carbon-footprint/>.

[3] “Energy-Efficient Lighting: LED & CFL Bulb Information, including Where to Buy.” Eartheasy. Web. 11 June 2015. <http://eartheasy.com/live_energyeff_lighting.htm>.

[4] “Past Question.” Arm. Web. 10 June 2015. <https://www.arm.gov/education/studyhall/ask/past_question.php?id=677>.

[5] “How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint.” Carbonfund. Web. 10 June 2015. <https://www.carbonfund.org/reduce>.