While no single person can stop climate change, everyone can do his or her part to reduce the impact many aspects of industry and society have on the environment. There are many things you can do in your daily or work life to reduce your personal carbon footprint. Here’s how to reduce your carbon emissions.
Utilize Renewable Energy Sources
At home, you can look for ways to switch from traditional energy sources to renewable ones. Some energy companies offer incentives for consumers to switch to renewable energy. It may initially cost more to switch than to continue using traditional sources, but it is a good investment and can reduce your monthly bill in the long run. Businesses can access green energy consulting services to determine the best way to switch their energy sources from traditional to renewable. Businesses that switch can expect similar benefits to other consumers.
Find Ways To Reduce Waste
Recycling is important and it’s one way you have of reducing your waste. However, there are many other ways you can further reduce the amount of waste you produce. The reduction of food waste is particularly important because it can help reduce the production of methane gas. You can buy frozen produce or freeze the fresh produce you buy so it doesn’t go back or need to be thrown out so quickly. You can also reduce the amount of animal protein you eat, even if you aren’t vegetarian or vegan. Participate in Meatless Mondays or avoid consuming dairy products a few times a month. If you have space for it, you can even start composting certain food scraps, such as vegetable waste.
Pay Attention To Government And Corporate Policies
You can also participate in reducing carbon emissions as a consumer. Put your money and your purchases toward eco-friendly brands and purchase less whenever you’re able to. Research companies you already buy from to see if they support sustainability and recycling. If they don’t take your business elsewhere. You should bring the same attitude toward the government. Review the policies and positions of your federal, state and local representatives. If you have questions or criticisms, attend town halls or call them to discuss your concerns. If they support policies you don’t agree with, vote for someone else.
Seal Windows And Doors On Your Property
Whether you’re a homeowner or are looking for ways to reduce your business’s energy consumption, you should look into sealing all the doors and windows on your property. In this case, sealing refers to making sure energy doesn’t escape from your property before it can be used. It helps you reduce your energy needs and keep your building warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. It may not be as flashy as other types of climate action, but many ways of reducing your carbon footprint are relatively mundane.
Get Involved in Making Systemic Changes
You don’t need to stop at voting when you advocate for systemic change. You can also get involved in the campaigns of candidates who are or who support climate activists. Campaigners can organize town halls, rallies and marches or contact voters via direct mail, text, phone call, email and in-person canvassing. You can also get involved in community and global activism by joining one or more climate change organizations and groups. You can organize or attend protests, educate people on ways they can reduce emissions and urge corporations and other organizations to participate in climate activism and the switch to renewable energy and other eco-friendly initiatives.
Reducing overall carbon emissions is a difficult task. However, individual people can contribute by making changes in their daily and work lives. If you make small changes and build to larger ones over time, keeping the climate in mind when making decisions can become a habit. You can also talk to other people in your life about how to make an even bigger impact on initiatives to protect the environment.