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5 Ways You Can Help Save the Environment
The issue of global warming, or climate change, is relevant to everyone on the planet. There are currently more questions surrounding this subject than answers.
People are finding diverse methods of helping save the environment. There are many creative ways of raising money to do your bit too.
As citizens of this planet, we need to take individual responsibility to help save the environment.
Because this is such a relevant topic, we’ll look at some of the most common questions and answers about global warming and five ways we can cut down on our carbon footprints.
All problems eventually lead back to us, unfortunately. Humanity is solely responsible for environmental decay.
Why is climate change such a big issue?
Rising temperatures are the cause of ice melting in polar regions, which causes a rise in sea levels that would flood most major coastal cities. We would see an increase in superstorms, heatwaves and droughts that will increase illnesses.
What is a carbon footprint?
Simply put, a person’s carbon footprint is the total greenhouse gas or carbon dioxide that the person is responsible for emitting into the atmosphere. The release of carbon into the air results from high consumption of fossil fuels.
It starts with us. As individuals, we each have a personal responsibility to curb and reverse the damage caused.
Plant more trees and waste less water
The biggest problem is the human source of carbon dioxide emissions. Deforestation is a significant contributor to carbon emission increases.
We can reverse this by planting more trees that consume carbon dioxide and produce valuable oxygen that we need.
We are becoming carbon-neutral, but to achieve this, we all need to reduce our carbon footprint to zero.
You can accumulate rainwater to water plants and trees. Fit your home with WaterSense fixtures and appliances. Water-efficient fixtures reduce the production of electricity which in turn reduces global warming.
Use energy-efficient bulbs
Energy-efficient light bulbs are beneficial in two ways, they’re better for the environment, and they last much longer than regular bulbs.
LED lights have an 80% efficiency rate compared to incandescent and fluorescent lights. When you use LED lights, you can be sure that you get 95% of the energy converted into light and only 5% wasted.
The less energy you used, the less demand is put on power plants, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.
A decrease in electricity usage at home
To decrease toxic fumes emanating from power plants, we need to consume less electricity. You can help protect our ecosystems and also preserve our planet's natural resources.
Interestingly, many household appliances continue to draw power even when turned off. It is necessary to unplug appliances such as TVs, microwaves, and air conditioners when they are not in use.
You can also save power when you’re with your friends by doing more together on one device. Online gambling, social card games, puzzles, are all options for social play.
Solar panels help abundantly in saving power.
Installing solar panels will significantly reduce electricity usage. It’s also much cheaper in the long run, although the solar panels might be costly to purchase.
Harvesting the sun’s natural energy will enable you to harvest free heat while reducing your carbon footprint.
Drive less, travel smart.
Your vehicle's fuel efficiency impacts your carbon footprint considerably. Many vehicle owners opt for pre-owned hybrid and fuel-efficient cars.
Driving less means walking more, taking public transport, car-pooling and using a bike, increasing exercise and decreasing CO2 emissions.
Jet fuel is a massive contributor to carbon emissions as 1,600 miles of air travel equals 720 pounds of carbon emissions.
Globally, countries have combined resources to raise awareness for this universal problem.
Humanity has created environmental decay, and it indeed rests upon individual shoulders to find a solution. By educating ourselves around nature conservation, we have already begun to fight the good fight.