Earth Day 2018: Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint


| 4/12/2018 10:09:00 AM


Tags: Going Green, Sustainability, Carbon Footprint, Devin Morrissey,

Many of us strive to reduce our carbon footprint year-round by moderating our water usage, energy usage, recycling, and more. However, with Earth Day just around the corner, you might be inclined to boost your current routine or perform a completely new Earth-friendly act in tribute of the day. Or you may be completely new to the idea of green living. Whatever the case may be, Earth Day is a wonderful time to start thinking about what you can do to make a difference today, throughout 2018, and beyond.

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What You Should Know About Your Carbon Footprint

Understanding and calculating your carbon footprint is actually quite a complicated process. Everything that you do, use, and consume has an impact on your personal carbon footprint. Think about every time you drive, how you heat your house, and what you have for dinner and how you cook it — all of these actions make an impact on the Earth in some way.

The term “carbon footprint” has to do with what are called greenhouse gases and their expulsion into the atmosphere. These gases include methane, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and more. When we participate in acts like driving, eating meat, and burning fuels to heat our homes, we’re adding more of these gases into the atmosphere. As a result, these compounds have a strong effect on the heating and cooling of our planet that takes place in the atmosphere. Although in many cases it’s impossible to completely stop these activities, it is feasible to cut back on excess energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

What You Can Do This Earth Day

Check Out Your Diet

First and foremost, meat is one of the biggest ways you can drastically cut down your carbon footprint. The production of meat products uses massive amounts of water and feed, and the animal itself produces methane that affects the environment. Fertilizers that contain nitrogen are used to grow feed for the animals, and this releases a huge amount of nitrous oxide into the atmosphere. The water necessary to maintain cattle is incredible: It takes 2,400 gallons of water to produce just one pound of meat. Only 25 gallons of water is required to grow a pound of many fruits, vegetables, and grains.




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