Climate change is a very real problem. Over the last century, the average temperature of the Earth has risen by around 0.75°C, and with consumer demand on the increase for manufactured products that happen to emit carbon dioxide, this trend only looks set to continue, with potentially disastrous environmental consequences.
While it may seem intimidating to consider what you could do to reduce your own carbon footprint, there are actually four very easy things that you could do, today, that will make a real impact in the fight against climate change and global warming.
- Buy locally produced, organic foodstuffs
The global food production system is one of the world’s leading villains when it comes to emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, with the distance that many foodstuffs are transported around the globe making a sizeable contribution to climate change.
By purchasing organic foodstuffs locally, not only do you reduce the number of air or land miles that your food has to travel, but organic farmers also rely less heavily on fertilisers that that break down into nitrous oxide, which is one of the most potent contributors to the greenhouse effect.
- Cycle to work
On average, a 10-mile round commute to work, in a mid-size car, five days per week, produces 1.3 tons of carbon dioxide, which certainly adds up over a year – and during your lifetime.
Not only does choosing to cycle to work reduce your carbon footprint, it also drastically improves your health, while reducing the chance of your suffering from heart problems in later life.
With many companies offering bike-to-work schemes, which involve purchasing a new bike on your behalf and allowing you to pay for it in very small instalments, cycling to work is a cost-effective and extremely feasible means of reducing your carbon footprint.
- Switch off your appliances
The average home uses around 4,000 units of electricity a year and a large proportion of that is wasted energy, derived largely from people forgetting to turn off their appliances.
While it would be ideal to purchase energy efficient dishwashers and washing machines, and replace all your traditional light bulbs with energy saving bulbs, simply remembering to turn off your appliances as you leave the house could drastically reduce your carbon footprint.
If you’re a little on the forgetful side, consider purchasing an automated mains switch, which automatically turns off your appliances when they are not being used.
- Recycle your unwanted goods
The final easy means of reducing your carbon footprint also guarantees putting a little extra money in your pocket.
If you have a house full of unwanted clothes, CDs, DVDs, games, or anything else for that matter – consider recycling them. Websites like Music Magpie offer a quick and easy way to recycle any of your unwanted electronic goods, while contributing to the fight against climate change, helping to clear clutter from your home and putting pounds in your pocket.