The environment is changing, and not for the better. Due to high emissions, a term which is thrown around constantly, the world is becoming a less hospitable place for humans and other animals. On a global scale, the biggest culprits are large factories and power plants, of which there are many. Some countries are working on sustainable energy and lowering their emissions, but ultimately, it is up to individuals to help the world change for the better. Here are 3 steps you can take to lower your carbon footprint.
Food – Watch What You Eat and How Much You Waste
Food is one of the biggest culprits in global warming. It is used every single day, but not enough. There is a lot of waste. Food decomposing and being wasted means that the effort it took to produce that food has also gone to waste. This is even more insulting with meat. Meat is problematic because there are animal farms with a single purpose of growing and feeding animals until they are slaughtered and turned into meat. You failing to eat all the meat you purchased means that a lot of energy is going to go to waste. This trend continues with other products, which are not just animal based. Plants are the lowest offenders, but food being wasted is generally very bad. Choosing your food carefully, purchasing as much as you need and eating it all is advised. If you are not a vegetarian or vegan, consider lowering your meat intake.
Shopping – Waste Galore
The other way you can reasonably limit your carbon footprint is by not shopping all the time. Purchasing things you do not use and things you end up throwing away really quickly is one way to destroy the environment. Plastic bottles, paper books, clothes which do not last as long and are bought as a fashion statement rather than because they are practical, electronic devices, fuel and many more things can help inflate the emissions. Whether you are purchasing a new phone or clothes, you should ask yourself whether you really need them and whether you are going to use them. You should also notify your relatives and close ones, in case they buy you ten sweaters which you will never wear, because you generally don’t wear sweaters, for example.
Lower Your Electronic Carbon Footprint
This is a rather big problem, given that everyone uses electronic devices today. From fridges which run for the entirety of a year, to mobile phones, most of which are charged on a daily basis, the world spends a lot of time charging stuff and wasting electricity. In order to prevent this, you should consider getting a phone with a larger battery, or a fridge which doesn’t waste as much power. Turn off your lights if you don’t need them. Turn off your monitor and PC if you’re not using it and even turn off your router. Heat up water reasonably when you need it, and try to cook for multiple people and not just yourself, unless you are living alone.
Consider these three things, think about them and try to find a way not to waste energy. Food, shopping and electronics are the three things to have in mind and the ones to pay attention to. Managing them carefully can help lower global emissions.