What is carbon footprint?
It's the total amount of CO2 and methane gas you release into the environment by consuming energy.Knowing your carbon footprint can show areas where you can decrease your energy consumption and, in turn, reduce your production of carbon emissions. It is found that carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels accounted for 82 percent of the greenhouse gas released. Power plants, factories and transportation generate the majority of fossil fuel usage.
Personally, the way your travel, the electricity you use, the products you buy and the food you eat all contribute to your carbon emissions.
Becoming carbon-neutral is a herculean task. Carbon-neutrality means having zero output of carbon dioxide. This can only be accomplished by balancing CO2 outputs with CO2 inputs. It’s something that no country has yet accomplished, but that several are working towards. It requires the collaboration of government, industry, and individuals both inside the country and beyond its borders.
For example, a single tree can capture up to 48 pounds of CO2 each year and nearly 1 ton by the time it’s 40 years old. What’s more, an acre of trees will absorb as much CO2 in one year as a car will emit after 26,000 miles. Put simply, more trees means less CO2 and a healthier environment. Trees not only absorb CO2, but they also stabilize watersheds and provide habitat for animals. So an effective way to balance CO2 outputs and inputs is to plant new trees. But not only this!
The main way to reduce your carbon footprint is to decrease your energy consumption. For travel, use your vehicle less, or use public transportation or low-emission vehicles. Use alternative fuels, use water efficiently. Insulate your home, use energy-efficient products and reuse or recycle as much as possible.