As the effects of global warming are becoming more and more obvious, it’s likely that you are looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint and live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. If this is the case, you’ve come to the right place. Here we will suggest some ways you can help the environment grow and combat your carbon footprint.
Plant, Plant, and More Planting
One of the simplest ways you can help the environment bounce back is by planting as much as you can. Though this won’t be enough to help override the current outward production of carbon emissions, plants do need carbon dioxide to live. The more you plant, the more your own plot of land is producing clean oxygen and taking carbon from the air.
Agriculture is a major reason for the overwhelming amount of carbon emissions in the air but it’s also a major reason why planting things, even on an individual level, is helpful to the environment. Acres upon acres of forestry have been cut down to make room for agricultural efforts. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) reports that just four commodities are responsible for tropical deforestation: beef, soy, palm oil, and wood products. Aside from planting things yourself, avoiding these goods at your local shop is another way you can help reduce deforestation efforts and the harmful environmental effects that are contingent upon it.
When it comes to planting things in your own yard, the grass is a good place to start. Hydroseeding is the fastest, most cost-effective, and highest quality method of seeding lawn, landscape, and erosion control practices. Grass should start to grow within seven days, and the new lawn will be well established within 3-4 weeks. Once you’ve established your own lawn, you can begin to plant more elaborate landscaping projects. Trees, shrubs, and flowers all help the environment prosper. While this won’t be enough to counter the damage corporations cause, it is a great way that you can do your part toward limiting your personal carbon footprint. More individuals doing the same will only benefit the environment, even if it is just buying some time for a more substantial change for the future.
Limit Your Own Usage
When it comes to limiting your own usage, this can mean a variety of things. We spoke briefly about limiting your consumption of products that are damaging the environment during their production. This is especially true for animal agriculture. Limiting your meat and dairy consumption is one of the most impactful ways an individual can reduce their carbon footprint. But limiting your usage can look different than just what you eat. It can mean your water usage, your energy usage, and how frequently you drive a car.
Transportation is the second leading cause of carbon emissions, right behind animal agriculture. Since 2010, the production of commercial vehicles in the United States has jumped from around five million units to 8.5 million units in 2018. Limiting how frequently you drive and how far you drive is a great way to lower your footprint. In fact, transitioning to walking or biking more than half of the time would greatly reduce your personal carbon emissions. Similarly, carpooling when possible or taking public transportation instead of operating your own car is also beneficial. If driving yourself is necessary, consider looking into smart cars instead. Using a car that runs off battery power rather than gas is a great way to limit your emissions but still get where you need to go without any hassle.
While there are many other ways you can reduce your carbon footprint, these are a great place to start. The journey to living a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle is a long one and one that can take a great deal of dedication. Making small steps, like planting more things in your yard, eating less meat in your diet, or riding your bike one day instead of driving are all great first steps to take towards reducing your carbon footprint.