As society has progressed, we have made many substantial technological advances. The addition of cars alone has significantly changed our environment. With such advances, we have introduced a significant amount of greenhouse gases to the air, such as carbon dioxide and methane. The addition of these gases in our atmosphere has inevitably affected the balance of Earth’s natural systems. We do not fully understand the impact that this can have on our environment, but we have been experiencing noticeable shifts in weather patterns and devastating storms. Now is the time to stop, and to make changes that will lead to a healthier environment.
We tend to consider convenience when it comes to production and consumption of resources, but rarely do we consider the utilization of our resources and the effect it has on our environment. Our natural resources are not infinite, and we must manage them with integrity. In order to progress in a way that facilitates health and wellness for ourselves and our communities, we must pay attention to our consumption. The everyday decisions we make add up to have a large impact on our current and future environment. If we can begin to implement small changes in our routines and habits, we can change the narrative for our society in a way that will be beneficial for ourselves and future generations. We must work with the environment in order to sustain ourselves.
Each of us has our own “carbon footprint.” Your carbon footprint is basically your personal impact on the environment, based on your overall consumption of fossil fuels. When fossil fuels are burned, it releases Carbon Dioxide into our environment. The size of your carbon footprint is determined based on everyday habits and lifestyle. One way you can help better sustain the Earth, is to minimize your carbon footprint. If you would like to work on decreasing the size of your carbon footprint, here are some simple ways that you can do so:
By adding any of these practices to your lifestyle, you will reduce your carbon footprint, and therefore better support the environment. Be sure to share these suggestions with your friends!
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