Carbon footprint is a byproduct of human activity that leads to greenhouse gas emissions, depletion of natural resources, and climate change. If we don’t do something to lessen this type of footprint, we will someday leave the planet uninhabitable. As individuals, we can lessen our carbon footprint in this world by making slight changes to our everyday activities. Here are three things that you can make the world a better place.
Remove your light bulbs and switch to fluorescent light
What do light bulbs have to do with leaving a carbon footprint? A lot. The reality is that one light bulb can lessen about 1,300 pounds of carbon dioxide pollution during its lifetime. If every person in America stopped using light bulbs, people would not only lessen their carbon footprint significantly but also reduce their power bills by as much as half. If you really need to use a light bulb, at least use LEDs as it conserves a lot of energy.
Use the Internet for teleconferencing
Thanks to the developments of technology, people don’t really need to travel long distance due the wonders of conference calling. In fact, a lot of companies today allow their employees to work from home to save on costs. There are a lot of advantages in working from home and using Skype, or any other chat-and-call software, when communicating with people. So instead of traveling all the way to another state, or country, just for a meeting with clients, it would be so much better and cost-efficient if people would instead use teleconferencing. Teleconferences mean less air miles, thus lowering the carbon deposits in the atmosphere.
Eat less red meat
Even eating meat can lessen your carbon footprint believe it or not. The thing is, animals such as cows and sheep produce huge amounts of methane, which is a greenhouse gas that is at least 70 times worse than CO2. White meat such as chicken, on the other hand, emits far less methane. If a family eats less red meat in a week, the world’s carbon footprint would be lessened considerably.
Lessening our carbon footprint is so important that big engineering companies are working closely with oil and gas purveyors of green technology. Sulzer, one of the partners of Unaoil — which recently became a member of the Iraq Britain Business Council — has created pumps and mass transfer equipment that are crucial for the carbon capture and storage technologies. Such move from a major international company can only mean that our growing carbon footprint is a serious matter now, and companies and individuals need to work together in order to make the world a much better place.