Reduce your carbon footprint with these 5 top practical tips.
why Our earth needs you reduce your carbon footprint
The threat of climate change being reported on the news, in the papers, on social media, is under continued debate among our world leaders. It’s time to stop talking and start acting. There are a lot of small decisions you can make every single day that will help our planet. Here are just 10 easy things you can do to start creating change now.
Reduce your meat consumption
I’m not saying become a vegan or vegetarian, but putting effort into not consuming animal products everyday can not only benefit the environment but your own health. It’s easy to incorporate a few vegetarian meals into your diet. You could start with a meat free Monday, then after you’ve adjusted to the change increase to two or 3 days a week. You’ll actually be surprised at how good you’ll feel on your plant based days.
Did you know that, livestock is responsible for 14.5 percent of man made global greenhouse gas emissions, mainly from feed production, processing and the methane. Not to mention the amount of food water it takes to grow these animals until they are large enough to eat.
Drive Less, walk more. If you have the option to walk or cycle to work, DO IT. If you don’t you could consider carpooling with some colleagues. Not only are you helping reduce your carbon footprint but you’re also helping to reduce congestion on our busy city roads. A great article written by Wise Bread goes into more detail and tips on how you can walk more, click the link “50 Ways to Walk More” to read.
Re-use whatever items you can
Invest in reusable bags, coffee cups and drink bottles. If you’re someone that likes to treat yourself to a hot cup of coffee everyday, you’ll save 365 cups a year from going into landfill. Habit is the only issue here, something that can easily be broken.
Install low water flow taps and showers – not only will you save money quarterly water bill but you’ll use less. Also Turn off the tap when you’re not using it and fix leeks as soon as you notice them. Water your garden with a watering can instead or a hose and keep your pool covered.
Lower electricity consumption
Set your home air conditioner to 24 Degrees in the summer. This is the optimum temperature that most air conditioners run at both for your hip-pocket and for the environment. Switch off your lights and appliances when you’re not at home or using them. Even after you’ve turned your T.V off with the remote, it still takes power to keep the ‘stand by’ light on.
It’s all of these little things that you can do every day that will make the WORLD of difference. Let’s take care of Mother Earth, because without her we can not exist.
We’d love to hear from you, please leave a comment below if you have any other ideas you would like to share in helping our planet.
Written by Sarah Gordon. 02 February, 2020