How to lower your personal carbon footprint.
If you haven't heard about climate change, you're probably living under a rock. But that's okay. I'll tell you the basics in a quick summary. Climate change is when the temperature is rising. It's rising at levels higher than any time in history right now. According to NASA, the global temperature rises on average 4 to 7 degrees celsius in 5,000 years. The earth, in just the last 100 years, has risen 1.5 degrees celsius. That is climate change right now. If our planet gets hotter than 1.5 degrees, than we will see irreversible effects. How can you help lower your personal carbon footprint? Let me tell you.
Every year the average household produces 7.5 tons of CO2 equivalents per year according to https://www.ccfpd.org/Portals/0/Assets/PDF/Facts_Chart.pdf.This same source states that if you want to lower your carbon footprint by 342 pounds, take just two minutes off of your shower. I suggest that you start timing your showers for a week, and figure out your average shower time. From then, lower your average by two minutes.
There is another way you can cut back significantly more, and it is much more simple. All you need to do is eat less meat and dairy. I get it completely, don't worry. I say simple, but a lot of people do not want to try this, let alone make it a lifestyle. I was in this predicament as well, and not too long ago. It starts with communication. If you can have a buddy, family member, or significant other help you with this, you have already done more than a lot of people.
The next step is to take it slowly. When I first started to go vegan, I tried several times to just do it all at once. That is not effective. I suggest starting with cutting seafood from your diet. It's the least obtainable source of meat, not even close to impossible, but harder than the other types. If you live in a place where it is more obtainable than other meats, cut them off first. Remember that it is all about Discipline. You need to take the first step. Once you cut off seafood, move on to chicken. It is in no way hard to get, but it is harder than beef. Once you take care of all of that, you get to beef. The food you see at nearly every fast food place or restaurant in the united states, and maybe in several across the world.
That may seem like the worst of it, but it's not. You still have to deal with dairy. the product that is literally addicting. According to USA Today, dairy is a mild opiate in the brain center. Cheese is the worst as the scientist calls it "Dairy Crack." It's probably not the best dairy product to cut out first. For me, it was milk. I would drink almond, soy, and rice milk; But there are other milk options. Once you can do that, cut out things such as sour cream, eggs, and butter. That leaves you with cheese: your worst enemy. Cut down to smaller portions, but allow yourself to cheat sometimes, but not too much. Eventually you will have it out of your diet.
Although one of the best things you can do is to simply change your diet, it's not for everyone. In fact most people are reluctant to try. If that's you, I have more solutions. There are more ways to lower your carbon footprint than anytime before. With new innovations like never seen before, it can be easy to fight climate change. One way is how you throw stuff away. I know a lot of people like to think that once they throw away garbage, it just disappears. Unfortunately, that's very far from the truth.
According to budgetdumpster, 52.5% of all waste in the united states goes to landfills, 25.8% to recycling centers, 12.8% to waste-energy plants, and 8.9% to composters. If you want to make sure more of your waste goes to recycling centers, composting, and waste-energy plants, all you need to do is