Some countries are dealing with rising of water levels due to melting ice caps, while forest fires are becoming more frequent in other continents. More importantly, typhoons are now deadlier than ever. Although the subject of global warming or climate change still stir debates in high level discussion, grassroots communities are more than convinced that something must be done to prevent situations from getting worse.
Campaigns on mitigating climate change often mention about tracing your ‘carbon footprint.’ This refers to our individual contribution to greenhouse gases that are causing the planet to be warmer. As an average person, we tend to think that our contributions to global warming are insignificant compared to the emissions of factories, or the wastes of big corporations. This is a mentality that needs to change right away, if we still want to contribute to saving the planet from global warming.
The good news is, through our individual efforts we can do something, and it will matter. One of the first and key steps is to learn how to reduce our carbon footprint. If more than half of the world’s population commit to reducing their carbon footprint, it will already make a huge difference. Reducing your carbon footprint is actually easier than it sounds. Here some of the simple steps for you and your family to do it.
- Minimize the use of house appliances – a typical household now always has appliances in pair – two televisions, two refrigerators, two computer units, and so on. This practice has greatly increased the energy demand and consumption in the country. Make sure to minimize the use of these appliance whenever you can, because aside from saving on your electric bill, your are also reducing your carbon footprint.
- Start producing your own energy – aside from significant savings on your electricity cost, you also get to help the environment by being one less consumer of non-renewable sources of power. Instead, you can generate your own energy at home through renewable sources like the sun and wind.
- Stop Using Aerosols – anything that has aerosol content contributes to greenhouse gases emission, and with the state of the planet, usage of these materials should already be deemed a taboo. If you still have any aerosol sprays in your house, start throwing them away and replace them with water-based products, instead.
- Walk More – this may seem to be an extraordinarily simple tip, but this is actually one practice that anyone regardless of age can do, yet at the same time is very environmentally friendly. When you walk more, this means that you are using vehicles less. Vehicles are also considered major gas emissions. So, as much as possible, leave your cars at home and reserve them for long road trips, instead.
Are you practicing any carbon footprint reduction in your household, as well?