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5 Daily Habits To Adopt To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

The rising temperatures and the unbearable heat have engulfed the country and there has never been more proof that climate change is real. While we may criticise authorities and businesses for not following more environmental properties, one must remember that change begins with you. In your heated discussion about saving the planet earth, have you ever wondered what are somethings you could do individually to reduce your carbon footprint on the world?

Carbon footprints refer to the amount of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide and methane) generated as a result of our actions. For instance, the average carbon footprint of a person based in the United States is estimated to be around 16 tons, one of the highest in the world. Comparatively, the average carbon footprint of an Indian is reported to be around 1.32 tons.

Importance of Reducing Carbon Footprint

Carbon dioxide and monoxide gases have commendable heat-retaining properties. Thus, an increase in emissions of these gases causes the polar ice cap to melt, which opens doors to untimely floods, increased soil erosion and damaging of several imperative ecosystems.

While individuals and firms are taking their initiatives to restore environmental degradation, you can also do your bit by slightly improvising your daily actions to prevent environmental damage. Here are a few ways to get started:

5 Ways To Reduce Carbon Footprint Through Daily Actions

1. Get Your Vehicle Serviced At Regular Intervals:

As easy as it seems, servicing your vehicles at regular intervals helps to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions to a large extent, reducing the amount of pollutants emitted due to corroded spare parts or faulty engines. If not tended to on time, these issues can lead to consume more fuel than the required capacity, thereby putting additional strain on the prevailing fuel consumption crisis.

2. Opt For Fresh Local Produce Over Packaged Goods:

According to a study published by Harvard’s Department of Nutrition, the increase in the distance from farm to fork is directly proportional to its nutritional value. The greater the distance from the place of produce to the place of consumption, the lesser the nutritional quotient and larger the carbon footprint. Thus, opting for locally-made produce puts less strain on logistics, reduces carbon dioxide emissions and helps boost local businesses.

3. Opt For An Open-Air Fitness Regime:

Rather than exercising in air-conditioned gymnasiums, exercising in the open air and under the sun is good your well being as well as the environment’s. Activities like cycling, yoga and walking in the open air in the presence of ample sunlight boost the production of feel-good hormones like oxytocin and dopamine while reducing the consumption of electricity, thus reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

4. Opt For PCR Plastic Products:

Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) plastic obtained from the waste of manufacturing HDPE, PPE and LDPE products helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions and electricity consumption. Moreover, it also reduces plastic pollution not only in landfills but also using these can indirectly help in cleaning up our oceans.

5. Install A Carbon Foot Print Calculator:

Installing a carbon footprint calculator within your home premises gives you an idea about the greenhouse gases emitted in your home, their sources and ways to regulate the emission. It will help make you conscious of your impact on the environment and encourage you to make sustainable choices and search for eco-friendly alternatives.

The Danish Guide to Reducing Carbon Footprint

Did you know, In 2020, Denmark passed the Climate Act, which emphasises on reducing carbon dioxide and monoxide emissions into the environment? The law focuses on three main sectors — transport, agriculture and energy. The act encouraged the usage of public modes of transport like ferries and buses, while motivating citizens to take up cycling for their daily commute. The country banned the use of fossil fuel-run vehicles and promoted the use of biochar to meet energy requirements for agriculture purposes.