Climate change is a very real problem that affects every single country on the globe. Cataclysmic global warming and climate change have already begun affecting humanity with worsening storms, severe drought and raging fires, forcing hundreds of thousands of people around the world to already begin adapting to this new reality. We can fight climate change but it requires commitment. One essential means of course correction is through achieving carbon neutrality.
What is Carbon Neutrality?
Carbon neutrality is all about balance. For all the millions of greenhouse gas emissions that are pumped into the atmosphere every day, we need to remove just as much if we’re to achieve carbon neutrality. Although achieving this globally is a daunting task, starting small by reducing our carbon footprint on a daily basis is an excellent way to play our part.
What are the biggest sources of greenhouse gases?
Electricity and heating, agriculture and transportation are among the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. With the world’s population approaching eight billion, it’s hard to fathom how much electricity is needed around the world to heat homes and allow for comfort. The same applies to the food required to feed almost eight billion people. Global agriculture including livestock and produce continues to take up more space than ever before.
How do we reduce our carbon footprint?
By turning down the thermostat just a little, or investing in energy saving heating equipment and appliances, we’re already contributing to reducing our carbon footprint.
By removing a meat-centric meal once or twice a week from our diet and buying our food as locally as possible, we also contribute to relying less on global agriculture for food.
As for transportation, taking a daily walk to run some errands instead of hopping in the car is also an excellent way to reduce our contribution to global warming.
Yes, it can be an extra step before you take out the trash but sorting out your recyclables is a good way to minimize the polluting waste that ends up in a landfill.
Another great method is to think more carefully about the items you truly need, and therefore buy. Fast fashion has numerous negative effects, including contributing to environmental degradation. For more information, check out another article on the blog which dives into this in more detail.
The path to carbon neutrality isn’t going to be a quick sprint but instead a long race run by individuals, businesses and countries committing to doing better for our environment. The course ahead to bring an end to climate change will have its challenges. While we’ve heard about climate change for decades, we’re still only at the starting line. Doing our part now is essential to ensuring a healthy planet for the generations to come.