We all contribute in some way to the carbon footprint of the world but maybe you have asked ‘How Can I Reduce My Carbon Footprint?’ Having an individual awareness of our carbon footprint is very important and can ultimately make a difference in the overall use of emissions. As much as it would take a collective effort on a large scale to be able to make a large difference it is always reassuring to know that some people are set on trying to reduce their own individual carbon footprint for the sake of others.
How Can An Individual Make A Difference In Reducing Their Carbon Footprint?
Well, the word footprint is very well used here because simply using footprints and walking where possible instead of driving or catching public transport is one way in which an individual’s carbon footprint can be reduced. By walking or cycling there are no emissions being released but when compared to taking a car or riding a bus or train then the carbon emissions are hugely increased. If you need to take a journey that involves taking the car then it would reduce emissions again by car sharing instead of taking a number of cars to the same place or better still using public transport as more people are able to fit on a bus or train and therefore the emissions per person are dramatically reduced than they would have been had each of those people chosen to drive themselves in their own cars. As mentioned though, wherever it is possible, if you really want to reduce your carbon footprint walk and cycle where possible.
Another way is through unused electricity sources. Each of us are guilty of leaving phone, tablet, laptop chargers plugged in even when we have finished charging our technology. This too is leaving a huge footprint on the world’s emissions. As an individual we can contribute by ensuring we switch of the plug or take it out of the socket to help stop these emissions. Within the home we use so many electrical items such as the kettle, the tv and many more. Just by being more mindful of the objects we are using and the way we switch things off can have a positive result and again add to the reduction of our carbon footprints.
What About Larger Businesses?
It is becoming more evident that more and more companies are trying to help with the reduction of carbon footprints by ‘going green’ or using more eco-friendly alternatives. A larger business is obviously going to be able to make a larger and more significant reduction in the carbon footprint and they cannot be blamed for trying. There is always a long way to go in the world with reducing emissions and reducing carbon footprint but by using e-mail instead of paper, re-using materials and many other things are small changes making a difference. Each of us can contribute in order to make a difference.