Have you ever wondered why our global temperature is rising?
Or, why cities have the tendency to be most effected by environmental changes. The cause is pollution from greenhouse gases. According to a study done by the American Lung Association, cities with large metropolitan areas were most affected. The survey implies that there is a high correlation between the rankings of polluted cities and industry output.
In this article, I have listed 3 ways to reduce your own greenhouse gas output.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
This phrase was probably drilled into your head when you were growing up. However, it is one of the most basic things you can do to reduce your green house gas output. For example if you own a deli counter, do not throw your meat scraps away. They can be used for fuel and other resources. One interesting fact about meat scraps are that 2.3 billion of them are recycled each year.You can also reduce. reuse, recycle in a more personal manner too. When you go shopping for groceries, try and look for products that are packed with less material. Conserve Energy concluded that if families purchased minimal packing, that they would reduce their green house output by 2,400 pounds per year. If you are time-constrained, purchase reusable water bottles, or shopping bags. No matter which path you take in the recycling world, you will be helping a tremendous amount.
Use Public Transportation
When I first lived in the City for a summer during college or when I interned in Washington DC, I felt so relieved that I did not have to drive to get where I needed to be. Instead, I was able to take the local train.
However, I did not realize that at the same time I was helping the planet. Instead of having to fill up my car with gas and make sure that my tires were snow-proof, I was able to walk to the nearest local train station with my friends while conversing about sports. According to a study conducted by the United States Department of Transportation shows that cars, suv’s and pickups account for over half of the 29% that the field of transportation emits of greenhouse gases. Furthermore, the study by the USDT also concluded that the average pounds of per C02 emitted per passenger is less in transit than in a private vehicle (0.45 vs 0.96). By using public transportation, you are helping reducing your and society’s greenhouse gas output. Also, who knows? You may be able to catch up on your favorite podcast, finish your favorite book, or be able to discuss with your friend why your favorite basketball team will win the NBA championship.
Buy Energy Efficient Products
Because of the society’s emphasis on reducing greenhouse gas output, there are many products to choose to make your workplace or home more eco-friendly. Companies, such as Energy Star carry an assortment of equipment that will help achieve your professional and personal goals while reducing your greenhouse gas output. Some of the products that are sold are ice makers, ceiling fans, and solar water heaters. Talk about an organization that is able to cover all of your bases for you!
Although the issue of greenhouse gas output can be a bit of a complex issue, there are small steps that you can take in both your professional and personal life that will reduce your own emissions. If we do not take small steps to take care of our environment, then who will?