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Let’s talk carbon emissions please. Because despite efforts to convince the public otherwise, climate change is underway. Carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels have sparked a rise in temperature. All which has already begun to wildly alter the Earth’s weather patterns. Yes folks, with harsher storms. That’s as well as rising sea levels. Finally and extreme heat and cold.
With such a large scale issue there’s so much of the Earth’s carbon emissions coming from huge corporations. Then it’s easy to feel like one person’s actions can’t influence global emission levels. But that’s not necessarily true. I know and believe individual citizens have seen changed. All as the potential for actual environmental impact.
So whether it’s going carless or eating a plant-based diet. Also some are avoiding air travel.
Now I know those particular changes may not be realistic for every person. That’s why there’s myriad other small steps can lessen your carbon emissions footprint.
Especially and potentially meaningful ways.
All as highlighted in “Realistic Ways To Combat Climate Change, Today created by the online Master of Public Health program at the George Washington University.
In addition, the piece highlights ways to incorporate carbon-reducing habits into daily life. It also offers options spanning a range of costs. As well as time commitment and effort levels. Some key offerings on green living, sustainable shopping and eco-friendly dining are discussed below:
Adjust home energy-use habits in a variety of ways for more sustainable living. That will by default reduce your carbon emissions. Easier options include taking shorter and colder showers. All which saves water and reduces the carbon emissions and energy. Things that would be used with increased heat. That’s versus hanging your clothes dry to reduce use of extremely energy inefficient dryers.
Those with central air or heating systems can use programmable thermostats to reduce energy use during times the space is unoccupied. For anyone looking to undertake a project with a heavier lift, insulating walls and attics traps heat in during winter and cold during summer. So reducing the need for energy-powered heating and cooling systems is huge on carbon emissions.
Choose brands and companies dedicated to eco-friendly business practices , for example, and thrift clothes and second-hand furniture as opposed to buying new. You can also save energy and carbon emissions used during mail deliveries. All by grouping smaller online orders into one larger shipment, and selecting available options to ship all items together. On the recycling end, make sure to properly sort your items to ensure effectivity.
Your dining habits may be more energy inefficient than you think. Some habits to cut your carbon footprint, if realistic for your lifestyle, include buying locally grown, seasonal food and eating at restaurants that do the same. You can also employ reusable containers to reduce the use of plastic dishes and cutlery, and by ordering or buying only the amount you’ll actually eat. To really cut carbon emissions in your dining process, consider growing your own produce in a garden.
While lifestyle changes can feel daunting, contributing to global reduction of carbon emissions can be incorporated into your daily habits. Lowering the temp of your typical steamy shower, grouping your weekly online orders and reducing your use of plastic cutlery are all small changes that can go a long way.
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