Scientists worldwide have published research and studies that indicate rising global warming, deteriorating weather conditions, receding glaciers, wildlife depletion, ocean acidification, and an increasingly vulnerable food supply. SUCH are the effects of climate change.
Most of us have probably read, written, or at the very least, heard about climate change. Artificial climate change is one of the greatest challenges the world is facing today.
Climate change is happening, and it is happening right now.
Human actions have produced substantial climatic changes over the last 200 years, and we have set more changes in motion. As a result, we are on the verge of a major environmental catastrophe. Despite this, we can still do things to help mitigate the impact.
The rise in global temperatures would begin to flatten within a few years if we stopped generating greenhouse gases today. Temperatures would stabilize, but there would be a lag between what we do and when we experience it; it would be less than a decade.
While the current consequences of human actions on the Earth’s climate are irreversible on the timescale of humans alive now, every amount of prevented future temperature rises results in less warming that would otherwise remain indefinitely. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is one of the most prominent options. To put it differently, reduce your carbon footprint.
Although the term “carbon footprint” has been frequently used in context when talking about the environment and climate change, it’s a phrase that’s not always understood.
So what is the carbon footprint anyway?
A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) generated by our actions, caused by an individual, event, service, place, or product, expressed as carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, nitrous oxide, or equivalent.
What is driving these emissions?
An individual or organization’s carbon footprint can include direct emissions, such as those that come from burning fossil fuels – think manufacturing, heating, and transportation.
It can also come from the emissions required to produce electricity associated with the services we use, the things we buy, the energy that goes into caring for these items, and what happens to an item after its use.
You might be wondering why you need to know that? So what if you leave a mark on the environment? The rapidly increasing accumulation of GHG by human activities in our atmosphere contributes to global warming. The larger the carbon footprint of any action, the greater the cumulative impact of climate change.
You may contribute to the overall decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by lowering your carbon footprint. Minor changes may have a significant impact on the battle against climate change.
It isn’t merely a matter of the environment. Reducing your carbon footprint can help you live a healthier and more cost-effective lifestyle. Whether it’s air quality, a more nutritious diet, or lower energy costs, lowering your carbon footprint means contributing to the fight against climate change.
By Goldmine Research Team.