The topic of climate change has made its way to the top of the whiteboard in today’s day and age, the same thing could be said about Carbon Footprints.
When it comes to our carbon footprints, we have three types of people; the ones who could give a rundown on the interrelation between climate change and our carbon footprint, the ones who have a light understanding of what our carbon footprints are, and then there are people who are pretty much clueless in that regard.
This article will come in handy for people who have little to no idea of what their carbon footprint is, and its potential impact on our environment.
What is your carbon footprint?
First things first, your carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases: this includes carbon dioxide and methane, these green houses gases are gases in the atmosphere that contribute heavily to global warming and climate change.
The gases produce a greenhouse effect which is actually generated as a result of our day to day actions. For example: you could choose to build your home without taking the concept of going green into consideration, on the other hand, you could be a home owner who chooses to go green from the construction of their home, till the very end. At the end of the day, the green home owner would be emitting way less green house gases than the person building a regular home.
How to build the Green Way
If you’re really concerned about the impact of building on the environment, there are certain ways to reduce the emission of gases when building. The green way of building is practically bulletproof for the safety of our environment, it’s not enough to talk the talk, you also need to walk the walk.
- First off, limit the use of materials that are carbon-intensive. This includes materials that have high carbon footprints such as aluminum, plastics and foam insulation, to be on the safer side, it is best to use materials like this as thoughtfully as you can.
- Recycling might not seem like much, but making use of high recycled materials could make a lot of difference, making use of some high recycled material will drastically reduce your carbon footprint.
- Minimizing waste also goes a long way to reduce our carbon footprint, at the end of the day we’re aiming for less and not more, so you could use methods that help in reducing waste.
The link between your lifestyle and your carbon footprint
The thing about our carbon footprint is that it is as a result of our own lifestyle, there might be parts of your lifestyle that inevitably contributes to the sum total of emissions gotten from your activities.
It could boil down to the little activities and all the big ones as well: like what you eat, transportation, whether or not you choose to recycle, and whether or not you choose eco friendly ways to build and live in your home.
To sum it up, you could make use of any of the various carbon footprint calculators online, just to keep an eye on how little or how big your footprints are. This helps you to be more conscious about your carbon footprint and it also helps you realize the parts of your lifestyle you need to change in order to lessen the negative impact you have on your environment.