What Is Carbon Footprint
How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
- Reduce or completely eliminate eating animal products
- Buy local food
- Buy seasonal food
- Reduce food waste
- Support ethical and local brands
- Support 2nd-hand and vintage shops
- Only buy what you need to reduce your waste
- Walk, ride a bike or use public transport instead of using a car
- Reduce flying
Why Reducing Your Carbon Footprint Matters
As the level of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere increases, Earth gets warmer, ice melts and sea levels rise. This increase of greenhouse gas emissions is the primary cause of climate change that has led to global warming.
As the temperatures get warmer and weather patterns shift, our wildlife is put at risk. According to the Nature Conservancy, one quarter of the Earth’s species will be headed for extinction in 40 years if climate change increases at its current rate. The rising sea levels erode shorelines and destroy ecosystems, and also impact the stability of coastal cities.
Our increased carbon footprint also impacts the human health. Climate change increases the percentage of people suffering from hunger because the draught and other climate changes interfere with the growing season of food crops. Diseases carried by insects are increasing – such as malaria as malarious mosquitoes are now able to survive in countries that used to be too cold for them. Air pollution also causes an increase in respiratory problems like asthma and allergies. (source)
Have you taken the first steps to reduce your carbon footprint? If not, don’t be afraid to make that change – every small action leads up to a big difference!
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