Climate change is already here. The earth is warming. We may not see it in the here and now, but it is happening. And according to scientists, if we do not take action now, our climate will become increasingly unstable, and extreme weather events will occur more frequently.
The United States is a huge net emitter of greenhouse gases, and, until just a few years ago, our emissions were growing, not decreasing. But since then, air quality has improved, and the Environmental Protection Agency is lowering the emissions standards for cars. These changes could lead to a 15 percent decrease in total greenhouse gas emissions from transportation over the next 20 years.
Energy consumption is a big problem for our planet, and while there are steps that individuals can take to reduce their carbon footprints, there are also some changes that governments can make. Carbon emissions come from both manmade and natural sources, such as in power plants, cars, and buildings. And while the vast majority of carbon emissions come from burning fossil fuels, there are ways to reduce the impacts of both manmade and natural carbon emissions. One example is that climate change can cause wildfires, which result in carbon emissions. This means working to prevent wildfires can help to reduce both manmade and natural carbon emissions.
Try walking or riding your bike instead of driving.
You may have heard that climate change could cause major problems for humanity in the future. We have taken small steps to combat climate change over the years, but did you know that doing so can also benefit your health now? It is true! Choosing to write off your car (or even just riding your bike to work) can help reduce your carbon footprint. And doing so will benefit you in many ways too — not the least of which is a happier and healthier lifestyle.
There are a million and one ways you can help lessen the Earth’s carbon footprint. One way is by walking or riding your bike instead of driving. With a little creativity and a good set of walking shoes or bikes, walking or riding instead of driving can help the environment in a lot of different ways.
Biking is an excellent form of exercise, and it helps the environment too. So, why not combine two of the best fitness activities: walking and biking? It is healthy, it helps you save money, and it helps you maintain a healthy weight. You probably already know this but walking and biking are activities that don’t require any special equipment, and they help decrease the amount of carbon pollution that pollutes our air. Not only that, but they exercise different muscle groups, so you get a total body workout. Walking and biking are cost-effective too. Research shows that walking as little as 30 minutes a day at a moderate pace can burn 100 calories. Biking for 30 minutes burns 250 calories.
Eat organic food
When you eat organic, you are eating food that is grown without pesticides, fertilizers, and other synthetic chemicals. Organic produce also tends to taste better, has higher nutritional value, and is better for you. Buying and eating organic food is a way to reduce your personal carbon footprint, and according to a recent study, eating organic food is healthier for you, too.
Eating organic foods can reduce the overall amount of carbon emissions released into the atmosphere. The environmental impact of agriculture is a major concern for our climate today, which is why individuals, households, and governments all play an important role in lowering our carbon footprint.
Recent research shows that organic foods may contribute to reducing our carbon footprint. Although organic foods cost more, they may actually be more effective in lowering emissions, according to a report released on December 20, 2017, by researchers at the University of California, Davis. Study participants ate a modified version of a Mediterranean-style diet, which is high in plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and legumes. The researchers found that while this diet was not as effective in reducing greenhouse gas emissions as diets excluding animal-based foods, like meat and dairy, it still had a substantial effect.