No matter what you know about leaving a “Carbon Footprint”, the fact is we need to try to reduce it. We want to leave our impact on this world in a positive way, but we do not want to leave our carbon footprint.
What does it mean to leave a “carbon footprint” anyway? Leaving a carbon footprint means we have left things behind, after we are long gone, that have not or can not be recycled. It also means we have used emissions and gasses that have harmed the earth and its atmosphere. Leaving all this behind harms the earth that has taken care of us while we were alive.
I know that I personally love the planet I am on, and do not want to leave behind things that will damage it. We can’t have the attitude, (that unfortunately many people have,) that if we are no longer here on this earth, who cares, it doesn’t affect us personally anymore. But it does. Your children and their children’s children will be affected. And if you don’t have your own kids, you surely have friends and/or family who do. And so the cycle will go on. Everything one person does in their lives truly makes a difference.
A “Carbon Footprint Calculator” is a great way to learn how what you do affects this earth. It shows you how you can reduce your carbon footprint on this planet by using less products that can harm the earth, such as using less emissions, reducing your carbon and getting better energy performance or even eating better foods. These websites can help you reduce your waste, and are great for businesses and home owners alike. We can all use information on how to lessen ourcarbon footprint, as I mentioned, no matter how big or small. It all makes a difference.
Below is a list of a few things you can do to possibly reduce your carbon footprint:
-Carpool to work, take public transportation or ride a bike
-Avoid a lot of traffic where your car is idling for a long period of time
-Use an electric lawn mower, leaf blower instead of gas powered
-Find gasses that are vegetable based
-Get a rain barrel to reuse the water for things like washing the car or watering the plants
-Buy reusable bags for shopping or reuse the plastic bags you have
-If you can take a train instead of a plane, it uses less CO2
-Use household items for crafts so things are being reused…
-Recycle everything you are able to…your local recycling place can give you a list
-If you are able, try going solar
-Buy green products for cleaning, eating and wearing
There is so much more we can do, but this is a good start. Even if you do one thing, carpool to work or buy “Green” (no chemicals…) cleaning products, you are doing your part in leaving less of a carbon footprint. It will also make your own life richer and healthier.