“All across the world, in every kind of environment and region known to man, increasingly dangerous weather patterns and devastating storms are abruptly putting an end to the long-running debate over whether or not climate change is real. Not only is it real, it’s here, and its effects are giving rise to a frighteningly new global phenomenon: the man-made natural disaster”.
– BARACK OBAMA, speech,
Apr. 3, 2006
Let’s talk carbon
Are you wondering what you can do to reduce your carbon footprint? Every individual in this world, has their own power to decrease their carbon footprint, and there are plenty of ways to do that. We always encourage people to think about their personal lifestyle decisions, along with seeking some different opportunities to reduce their impact on climate change.
Some ideas to begin reducing your carbon footprint are lowering the carbon footprint of your vehicle, your travel, your home, a special occasion, your work or office, and your overall life.
Below explains how you can reduce your carbon footprint…
- 1) Of your vehicle. Some ways you can do this are knowing to accelerate slowly and more smoothly than how you normally would, drive the speed limit, continue doing a steady speed, and prepare to stop and go. Also, make sure your vehicle has regular maintenances like oil changes, fuel filters, and so on. And be sure to have it running effortlessly, don not keep it running while you’re not in it.
- 2) Of your travel., You could carpool, combine your travel with another, you could also ride your bike or walk, which are great exercise methods as well. Think about if the trip is even worth it.
- 3) Of your home. When you’re at home, some great ideas to reduce your carbon footprint are to recycle the newspaper every week (do not throw out), and keep your heat and cool systems tuned and when it’s finally time to replace them, the best thing you can do it ask for ‘Energy Star’. Keep your water taps under control as well, like when you brush your teeth or shave, make sure to turn the water off when you’re not using it. Also, if you’re not using the TV, radio, water, etc, make sure you turn them off.
- 4) Of a special occasion. Whenever you receive invitations, recycle them. If you have empty boxes, wrapping paper or cards, especially on birthdays or Christmas, recycle them as well. Go to the store and purchase a big blue recycle box, it’s extremely cheap, and well worth it. Or you can just use one of the un-used boxes at home to store paper and cardboard.
- 5) Of your place of work/office. Everytime you leave work at the end of the day, be sure to turn your computer off, as well as the lights. While your at work ask yourself if you actually need to print. If you do, it is a great idea that you double-side print, as it saves paper. If you need to throw any paper out, it is substantial that you have a recycle box as every place of work wastes paper the most.
- 6) Of your overall life. If you at all receive mail that is complete junk, it is possible that you can call the company, and have your name removed from their lists. Eat less meat. If you are already a vegetarian, great. You save 3000 lbs of carbon dioxide per year at the least. Do not waste food, it gets thrown out, and produces methane in garbage depots, and carbon emissions as well from transporting the wasted grub.
Factors on how the energy is received and lost into the atmosphere
Factors such as the solar radiation or the orbital movements of the earth, but today green house emissions largely from industrial processes has been the key impact in the climatic changes and they result to increased temperatures hence global warming.
The issue is global and affects all spheres of human existence and activities in the world and it’s sensitivity requires urgent response and stringent measures & policies to reduce gaseous emissions into the atmosphere, a move which made nations meet to discuss the way forward. Among the notable parties involved were developed nations who are key contributors to industrial and green house emissions resulting to higher changes of the climate.
In normal climatic conditions, there’s the rate at which energy is received from the sun and the rate at which it is lost into the atmosphere and it’s the key determinant of the equilibrium temperature and climate of earth. This energy is distributed around the globe by winds, ocean currents, and other mechanisms to affect the climates of different regions of the whole world.
“I don’t mean to imply that we are in imminent danger of being wiped off the face of the earth – at least, not on account of global warming. But climate change does confront us with profound new realities. We face these new realities as a nation, as members of the world community, as consumers, as producers, and as investors.
And unless we do a better job of adjusting to these new realities, we will pay a heavy price. We may not suffer the fate of the dinosaurs. But there will be a toll on our environment and on our economy, and the toll will rise higher with each new generation”.
– EILEEN CLAUSSEN
a way to achieve green house emission successfully
Kyoto Protocol is the most significant and recent legally binding agreement which compels developed nations to reduce emissions; with the commitment to the agreement coming to force in Feb 2005 after deliberations and consultations since the first meeting in 1997, and a target to achieve green house emission by 2030.
This is not the sole international treaty adopted to push for a limit in emissions which lead to global temperature rise but there are several as can be evidenced by the first step taken by several countries in 1992 by the formation of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
My name is Kayla, I’m 28, and I am a nurse at the hospital. I’ve noticed throughout the whole time I have been working there, that all of the nurses and doctors waste so much stuff.
Every morning I walk into work, there is always a big garbage bin by the entry way just filled to the top with paper, cardboard, food.. you name it. At first it didn’t bother me, but then I met this lady, Maryann, an old patient of mine, that was about 80 years of age. She had changed my outlook on life, and the way other people live, as well as the environment.
She used to always come in and out of the hospital for quite some time in the beginning of when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. She was such a recycle freak. She would explain to me how horrible it was for people, the atmosphere, and especially, for the air. Of course she would always say something to the unit clerks and nurses. Yeah, she was that type of lady.
And no, he does not have diabetes, we checked him out. I was actually really surprised. He did eventually lose the weight, though. Maryann said he took some biking for weight loss classes.
Long story short, now I think it is important for everybody to recycle things. The population in this world is growing, not shrinking. Individuals around the world can honor the decrease of their waste, as they are not only helping to lower environmental damage, they are also making this earth a much better place.