Today, June 5 is World Environment Day. Since it began in 1974, World Environment Day has set out to encourage worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Above all, today is a day designed for people, like you and me, to do something that helps to take care of the Earth.
Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that draws attention to a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for this year is air pollution.
Here are 5 TOTALLY DOABLE things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.
1. DRIVE LESS
Consider car pooling, taking the bus or train, telecommuting, or biking into work if your commute isn’t too far. Even just 1-2 days a week can make a difference.
Have some errands to run? Try to batch them all together, making just one trip in your car, instead of several.
2. EAT LOCAL
If possible, consider buying organically-grown produce over the conventional one, and look for local products because this way you cut down emissions from transportation and energy needed to get the food on your plate. A general rule for where something is grown? The closer to you, the better.
3. PLANT A TREE OR GARDEN
Trees and plants filter out pollutants and absorb carbon dioxide. Trees also release oxygen into the atmosphere and help cool our homes.
Did you know that trees planted alongside roads or on the boundaries of your property also slow down polluted air from being carried far by wind? You can think of it as a protective shield formed by trees. These trees gradually filter the pollution at the spot without giving it much chances of contaminating neighboring areas.
Trees are not only natural air filters, they also cool down summer temperatures by a few degrees, which can really make a difference if you live in a city where all the concrete actually raises city temperatures by a few degrees. Even the slightest temperature reduction can make a real difference in keeping the air clean
4. USE LESS ENERGY
Burning of fossil fuels for energy production releases potent pollutants such as:
- Sulphur dioxide
- Nitrogen oxide
- Black carbon
- Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
- Carbon dioxide
- Particulate matter
All of these substances are known to have negative impacts on human health and the environment. When you save energy, you are reducing production of many polluting substances as well as carbon emissions that make the air dirty and cause global warming.
What you can do: Choose efficient appliances and heating systems. Get an energy audit and follow the advice. Turn off electrical stuff you’re not using.
It all adds up.
Imagine all of the complex processes needed to create new items from scratch. Manufacturing the same products a second time is much less energy-intensive and polluting.
Simply by recycling, you’re preventing the emissions of many greenhouse gases and water pollutants, also while saving energy. Recycling helps to reduce the pollution cause by the extraction and processing of virgin materials.
See? Totally doable ways to help preserve our planet for generations to come. What micro actions do you take- or can you take- to help reduce your carbon footprint?