Minimizing Your Carbon Footprint

There are many ways to help the environment and one of those ways is by lowering your carbon footprint—the total amount of greenhouse gases generated by the actions of an individual or group.

Four ways to lower your carbon footprint are:

  1. Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Rot, and Recycle. Try to refuse to use any plastic or paper products. Reduce the quantity of food and products your purchase. Reuse what you can to keep it out of landfills. Rot your foods and create a compost system. Recycle any paper, plastic, glass or metal.
  2. Drive less. Ride your bike or even walk if possible. Always take the proper safety measures—wearing a helmet, being aware of your surroundings—but driving less will help decrease the exhaust polluting the air.
  3. Water conservation. Try turning off the tap while brushing your teeth to help save water and protect waterways. Other ways to conserve water include: taking shorter showers, flushing the toilet less by not flushing anything other than body waste down the toilet, avoiding soaps and cleaners that contain toxins and using reusable goods when possible.
  4. Clean energy. Employing clean energy can help reduce the emissions that fossil fuels produce. Alternative energy sources like solar power and wind power can be used to generate electricity.

The average carbon footprint for a person in the United States is 16 tons, one of the highest rates in the world, according to the Nature Conservancy.

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