Every year on June 5, World Environment Day 2021 is observed to raise awareness among people about the importance of conserving the environment for a healthy and prosperous future. The United Nations established this day in 1974 to raise awareness about the need of environmental protection.
We have forgotten, in our rush to be digital, that our mother nature is vulnerable to technologies that hurt the environment. Because the environment is made up of all living and non-living beings, it is critical to save and reestablish the relationship with nature.
As we commemorate World Environment Day today, it is critical to take a step (or a few steps) toward sustainability in order to not only avert the concerns of climate change now, but also to leave a greener tomorrow for future generations.
The simplest way to be more sustainable on a daily basis is to actively work to reduce your carbon footprint.
What is a Carbon Footprint?
Carbon neutrality, or having a net-zero carbon footprint, is defined by the United Nations Environmental Programme as achieving net-zero carbon emissions by balancing a measurable amount of carbon released with an equivalent quantity stored or offset.
Here are Seven Simple Steps you may take to progressively reduce your carbon footprint:-
Stop Wasting Food
Plan your weekly meals and only buy things that are on your shopping list to reduce food waste. If there is any leftover food, place it in an airtight container and refrigerate it. You can reheat your dinner and eat it the next day.
Refusing to use Single-use Plastic
According to one analysis, plastic will use around 17% of the world carbon budget by 2050 if no action is used. This increase in plastic use can be traced largely to the significance of single-use plastics in daily consumption.
Simply moving from single-use plastic goods, such as water bottles and straws, to ones made of reusable materials such as metal and wood, is an easy method to lessen your carbon footprint.
Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling
Reduce your use of plastic utensils, straws, and paper plates, and instead invest in long-lasting bottles, BPA lunch packages, and mason jars.
Carry some reusable bags with you so you don’t have to carry your purchases in a plastic bag provided by the business. If you still have enough of plastic bags and water bottles, you can reuse them to store household items or throw them away.
Transitioning to more Environmentally Friendly Fashion Modes
According to a United Nations research, “quick fashion” has contributed to approximately 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions. You may lessen your carbon footprint by just shopping less, buying secondhand clothing, or purchasing from certified eco-friendly labels.
Another easy approach to lessen your carbon footprint at home is to turn off the faucet whenever available. This includes turning off the water when performing normal tasks such as brushing your teeth or shaving.
You will be able to preserve water without leaving a significant carbon footprint if you aggressively execute this.
Purchase Locally Grown Foods
Utilizing resources that are easily available in your environment is an example of sustainability. One way to substantially reduce your carbon footprint is to get the majority of the ingredients used in your kitchen locally.
A significant portion of greenhouse gas emissions are associated with the production of food that is transported. By sourcing locally, you will be able to reduce your carbon impact quickly and easily.
Gardening is not only a fun activity, but it is also an important step toward environmental preservation. Plant flowering plants to attract birds, bees, and other pollinators. You can also harvest your fruits and veggies to get a healthier alternative to the ones you buy at the store. This activity will also help you save money.