Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

By Stephen Lawrence

Throughout the past couple of years, many of us have heard about 'reducing our carbon footprint' and making a change on an individual level that will ultimately help the bigger picture. However, so many of us are confused about what it means to reduce our carbon footprint, and what the implications could actually be on an individual level.

To get started, it is important to have a general understanding of what a carbon footprint even is. Based on the Time for Change website, a carbon footprint is "the sum of all emissions of CO2 (carbon dioxide), which were induced by your activities in a given time frame." In other words, the activities that we do on any given day can have mass amounts of impact on the environment without our intended knowledge, such as driving to a movie, using a laptop for long periods of time or throwing recyclables into a normal trash bin.

When it comes to these activities, it is normal to feel that we do not contribute that much to those issues. For instance, many people take the bus to work and feel that they are contributing the most they possibly can. However, that is not always the case. Even the smallest of actions can have massive impacts to the future!

So what can we do to make a small step to a healthier environment? The answer is something small. By making a conscious effort to continuously check your carbon footprint is one of the important ways to help the environment. By simply turning off the lights as soon as the sun comes up, or composting the orange peels with your lunch every day, you can make a small impact to our environment. At the end of the day, we all share this environment, so it is up to each of us to make sure the future generations get to experience the same world we have today.

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