Every one of us is responsible for the carbon emissions we create. These emissions come from our homes, the cars we drive, our air travel, the packages we have shipped and a variety of other sources. We are all responsible for climate change and we all must be part of the solution for a greener tomorrow.
The Environmental Protection Agency calculates that the average American’s total carbon footprint is a staggering 50,000 pounds each year! Luckily there are several simple things we can do to lower our impact on the planet by reducing our personal carbon footprint.
5.Don’t Waste Food
About one-quarter of all the food prepared in the United States is wasted which produces methane gas in landfills and carbon emissions from transporting wasted food.
4.Eat Less Meat
Vegetarians save at least 3,000 pounds of CO2 each year compared to meat eaters. Even if you are not a vegetarian, simply increasing the number of meat-free meals eaten per week can make a large difference in your personal carbon footprint. Also, keep in mind that poultry is less greenhouse gas intensive than beef.
Not only will this help out the small businesses in your local community but it will cut down on fuel used for shipping. A 5 pound package shipped by air across the country creates 20 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. That same package shipped by truck emits 3 pounds of CO2.
2.Stop Your Junk Mail
Stopping the flow of annoying junk mail saves you time while also cutting down on both shipping emissions and wasted paper.
1.Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
It may sound simple but manufacturing products produces an average of 4-8 pounds of carbon dioxide for every pound of manufactured product.
If you want to take further action to reduce your effect on climate change there are many other things you can do. The Carbonfund.org Foundation provides several options to reduce your personal carbon footprint through individual carbon offsets.
You can also support reforestation/forest preservation projects to help sequester CO2 emissions from the atmosphere and plant trees to help reduce your personal carbon footprint. Carbonfund.org specializes in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects around the globe to help replace fossil fuel usage and reduce carbon emissions.
The opportunities to make a difference are endless and it is important that all of us do what we can to help reduce or offset our personal carbon footprint. If we come together we can be part of the solution to build a better future for us all.