How Does Your Carbon Footprint Contribute Towards Climate Change?

How Does Your Carbon Footprint Contribute Towards Climate Change?
Greenhouse gases are gases in the atmosphere that absorb and emit radiation. The primary greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere are water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and ozone.  Although greenhouse gases do occur naturally, human activity has had a significant impact on greenhouse emissions since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. An individual’s carbon footprint measures the amount of greenhouse gases that each person is responsible for creating.

Global warming and fossil fuels

The vast majority (around 75%) of greenhouse gas emissions attributable to human activity comes from burning fossil fuels (primarily coal, oil and gas). We burn fossil fuels — non-renewable energy sources — when we travel, heat our homes and use electricity.
Scientists have made a direct link between greenhouse gas production and climate change. Greenhouse gases are responsible for the rising temperature of the Earth’s surface. This subsequent global warming has a profound effect on our ecosystem -  on our weather, our food production and biodiversity. For this reason, it is imperative that we understand the impact of our individual carbon footprint and that we take positive steps to reduce and even offset our individual emissions.

Climate change and recycling

Whilst it is always better to look at ways of reducing our energy consumption in the first place, it is just as important to recycle and reuse. Recycling and reusing reduces the amount of energy emitted in the process of creating new items and also decreases the amount that is sent to landfill.

Reducing your carbon footprint

There are various ways in which individuals can reduce their carbon footprint and their effect on climate change.
Firstly, individuals can opt to live more ‘sustainably’ – to reduce the amount of electricity and power they consume, to use public transportation, to eat less red meat, to waste less and recycle more.

Secondly, various companies such as Batan Ltd enable you to buy credits that offset your carbon usage. A batan, carbon credit, is an amount that is invested in worldwide environmental projects aimed at carbon-offsetting.


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