What is a carbon footprint?
A carbon footprintis defined asthe total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).
Green house gases: The primary greenhouse gases in Earth's atmosphere are water vapor (H2O), carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), and ozone (O3).
About three-quarters of greenhouse gas emissions that are attributed to humans come from burning fossil fuels. We burn fossil fuels — non-renewable energy sources — when we operate vehicles, heat our homes, and even use electricity, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The Administration has also concluded that greenhouse gas emissions have been on the rise since industrialization, suggesting that humans are to blame for much of the greenhouse gas production. And science has also linked greenhouse gas production to climate change, or the increase in earth’s temperature
- A vegan diet has the lowest carbon footprintat just 1.5 tons CO2e (CarbonDioxide Equivalent). You can reduce your foodprint by a quarter just by cutting down on red meats such as beef and lamb. The carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is about half that of a meat-lover's diet.
- Reducing your own carbon footprint, in order to reduce greenhouse gases being emitted into the earth that is relevant to being the main cause of global warming.
- Us as human beings and consumers do not need to have extreme lifestyle changes or being vegan.We simply need to make minor lifestyle changes in the long term and as a whole will be able to make significant change together.
- Start small, cutting out one type of meat from your diet completely that you already don’t eat often anyway, carpooling when and where you can, or even a simple change as to switching from milk and milk alternatives.
- By switching back and forth you are also reducing your own carbon footprint and by using or consuming more products that have a lower carbon footprint, you are automatically reducing your own carbon footprint.
3 ways you can help reduce your carbon footprint
- Reduce your meat intake by alternating protein sources throughout each meal. Switch milk and milk alternatives with cooking and your daily beverage
- Reuse and recycle: Think creatively about how you can reuse and recycle. Glass jars and plastic containers make great storage options. Take your own shopping bags and say no to plastic bags. Take reusable produce bags for your fruit and vegetables
- Reduce water and electricity usage: something as simple as not leaving the tap running whilst you brush your teeth or leaving the lights on as you go downstairs!