The average American’s carbon footprint is 18.3 tons, but must be reduced to 1.87 tons by 2050 to limit global warming to 2°C. Lowering your carbon footprint is an important step in the fight against climate change, so we’ve compiled 10 of the best and easiest ways to do your part.
Given that food waste would be the third largest producer of CO2 if food waste were considered a country, minimizing food waste is one of the most impactful climate actions
Did you know that meat and dairy account for roughly a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions and use half of the world’s habitable land? In fact, if the meat and dairy industry was replaced with a plant-based alternative it would essentially negate emissions for 30 to 50 years. Experiment with regular meatless meals consisting of vegetables, fruits, grains, and beans. If you do eat meat, consider swapping carbon-intensive beef with less intensive pork or poultry.
Only 9% of plastic is recycled, while the rest overcrowds landfills harming the environment at an immense scale. Minimize your plastic consumption by:
The average consumer purchases and discards garments at a faster rate than ever before. With the rise of fast fashion, the clothing industry creates tons of carbon emissions and waste, . To avoid excess, check out our 10 tips for sustainable fashion for detailed suggestions on how to decrease your carbon footprint.
If you can, go car-free. Living without a car saves an average of 2.04 tons of carbon from your individual footprint. Walking, biking, or taking public transportation will considerably decrease your impact. If you do have a car, you can decrease your impact by:
Sure you’ve heard of a carbon footprint, but what about your digital carobn footprint? Our online lives seem immaterial, but the internet emits 1.6 billion tons of greenhouse gases annually. To lessen your digital impact:
Every recycling provider has its own protocols and capabilities, so check your local municipal waste website or recycling guide to learn what can and can’t be recycled. However, here are some general guidelines:
U.S. households account for approximately 20% of greenhouse gas emissions. Whether you live in a house or an apartment, there are many actions you can take to help lower your footprint: