Climate change is a growing concern for governments around the globe. From earth’s temperature to having access to basic resources all have been affected by climate change. Glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising, loss of biodiversity, change in weather pattern- climate change has affected everything dramatically. The long-term shift in temperature and weather patterns has altered the earth’s natural biological process. As a consequence, we have staggering numbers of diseases, depletion of natural resources, growing poverty, and global warming.

Surprisingly, climate change isn’t natural, in fact, it is a human-driven catastrophe. Throughout centuries, humans have misused natural resources like burning fossil fuels such as coal, petroleum, and gas. Energy, industry, transport, agriculture, and misuse of land are among the main emitters of greenhouse gases that further trap heat under the blanket of the earth’s atmosphere.

Therefore, not just the governments but it is the responsibility of individuals as well to do what they can to curve the change. The first thing you can start with is by reducing your carbon footprints. Here are several ways to reduce carbon footprints individually.

Reduce carbon footprint firsthand

What are carbon footprints? Carbon footprint is a concept used to quantify the impact of an activity, a person, or a country on climate change. How much carbon is emitted and produced by your activities each day is known as Carbon footprints. The amount of carbon depends upon consumption and production choices.

Limit meat consumption-Do you know that meat makes almost 14% of all man-made greenhouse gases. Livestock releases gases like methane which is up to 34 times more damaging to the environment over 100 years than CO2 combined. With issues like climate change on the rise, we need to rethink our diet and go meat-free. Unfortunately, the appetite for meat is on the rise as people around the world are making meat more affordable than ever. Today meat is cheaper than organic vegetables and fruits. Thus, we need assistance from everyone to do their bit in reducing unnecessary carbon footprints.

Always choose to walk– Transport is the biggest driver of greenhouse gases in the environment. Not only are they responsible for global warming but also increase the combustion of natural resources. Thus, the one thing you can prefer is choosing public transport over private. Always prefer walking small distances to any form of transport at all! Accessing public transport like buses and metros offers multiple benefits. They reduce your transportation cost and also free parking worries. Public transport also offers multiple chances of meeting new people and exploring different cultures and languages.

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Avoid plastic purchase– Plastic is the biggest threat to the environment today yet it is abundant in the market. On average 105kg (231lbs) of plastic per year is wasted per person. This plastic waste can take up to 1,000 years to degrade naturally. They end up in oceans, jungles and destroy our biodiversity. It is always better to refuse plastic and purchase items plastic-free. You can carry along your own cloth bag to avoid asking for plastic bags. Additionally, one can ditch supermarkets and explore farmers’ markets to buy fresh produce at reasonable rates. This way you can avoid purchasing products wrapped in plastic by marts.

Buy responsibly– Whatever you buy make sure it’s sustainable. Always support second-hand markets to save 100% resources used in the manufacturing process. Owning a pre-loved closet is also budget-friendly, you can buy more stuff at a fair rate. The second-hand market also offers chances to earn money by selling unused or pre-loved items. Try swapping, borrowing, or renting clothes rather than purchasing them brand new. If you want to buy fresh pieces, look out for sustainable brands that offer products made out of recyclable materials.

Support DIY-  Recycling, reusing, and reducing are three r’s to achieve zero waste goals. If you observe closely, nothing is a waste and has a life to be recycled. Turn your old plastic bottles into flowers pots, swap your old bedsheets by creating braided boho rugs, or use biodegradable waste as manure or cattle feed. YouTube is full of DIY videos through which you can learn to recreate old things into new ones.

So, you see going green not only benefits the environment but also helps save money. It is a budget-friendly process of contributing your bit in saving the environment.

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