Carbon Footprints Essay

914 Words Nov 9th, 2013 4 Pages

For the past few years, our beloved “earth” is going deeper and deeper into the quagmire of global warming. This is indeed an alarming situation and to get it round each and every individual has to play an effective role. This is possible only if we are cognizant of the factors which are creating this problem of global warming.

Many of us would have heard the word “carbon footprint” and this is where the whole problem lies! Carbondioxide (CO2) is a gas in an atmosphere that absorbs and emits radiation within the thermal infrared range. This process is the fundamental cause of the global warming so if we can reduce CO2 emission, gigantic climate changes ,global warming and their hazardous effects can be reduced.
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• Unplug it!
Unplug appliances when they are not in use. Most electronics have a standby mode that siphons energy even when not in use e.g Cell phone chargers, laptops, televisions ,stereos, etc.

• Use cold water:
Try using cold water to launder things that don't need to be cleaned in hot or warm water. It takes a lot of energy to heat up water , multiply that by the number of loads, and that's a big footprint.

• Make time for errands: A lot of us try to run errands in-between work and other commitments. Try bundling errands together to reduce how far you need to travel. Going back-and-forth to the same part of town on different days to run errands uses more gas than if you planned and did everything in the same area all at once.

• The Three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:
It seems like something from a kid's sing-a-long, but sometimes we lose sight of just how much we buy. Try buying less, and reusing and fixing things when you can instead of buying new. And for a lot of people, recycling is as easy as rolling the trash bin to the curb.

• Pay attention to packaging:
When out shopping, try to go to stores that keep packaging to a minimum. For example, you may choose to buy the loose tomatoes rather than boxed or plastic-wrapped tomatoes. Also, take reusable bags to the grocery store. When it comes to resources, plastic is better than paper. Production of 5 plastic bags adds 1kg of CO2 to your carbon

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