Global Warming Mitigation – Our Carbon Footprint and How We Can Reduce It

scientific research that has revealed the true scope of global warming

The phrase carbon footprint has already appeared in the media quite often recently, with the release of scientific research that has revealed the true scope of global warming. Carbon footprint is all about the amount of greenhouse gasses, mainly carbon dioxide, emitted by an organisation, product or event. The big lesson is that we have to become more conscious and responsible towards our actions towards the environment, if we want to protect it. A carbon footprint is not just about what we do today, but also about what we do in the future.

There are many benefits of becoming more aware and caring about our carbon footprint. Among the benefits are reducing or even ideally eliminating global warming and climate change, and saving energy and money for generations to come. But we must also recognise that reducing greenhouse gases does not necessarily mean you will be able to completely eliminate your carbon footprint. Reducing it significantly, may still mean that you will be contributing greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.

Reducing emissions does not have to mean total elimination though

What is required is a rethinking of how we go about things, in terms of carbon footprint management. You cannot expect yourself or your company to significantly reduce your emissions if you are still living the lifestyle that got you there in the first place! We all need to slow down and look at the bigger picture – improving efficiency and looking for cost savings. This could translate to greater energy productivity, better use of renewable resources, and less emissions.

Increasing efficiency means using less energy, using less power, and ideally getting rid of non-renewable sources of energy such as fuels. In fact, the reduction of non-renewable energy sources is only a piece of the climate change puzzle. The reduction of fuel consumption cuts down on the emissions that cause climate change, but in addition, it also affects our food supply. How we can increase food production while reducing the number of land fills is another important factor when it comes to climate change mitigation. This is an essential aspect of mitigation if we are to significantly reduce the amount of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.

There are many ways to increase efficiency, cut down on cost, improve our food supplies, and save energy

For sustainable climate change mitigation, it is vital that people start thinking differently. For starters, people need to start looking at what they buy and where they buy it. For example, buying locally and organic is a key part of reducing carbon footprints. Also, it is important to use energy usage and water conservation smartly to realise maximum efficiency.

Another important part of this is taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By doing so, the world can begin to heal itself from the damaging effects of climate change and the more we take action, the sooner we will get on top of this problem and start to reverse it. So, if you are serious about climate adaptation and global warming mitigation, and you want to do something meaningful to help the planet, then now is the time to start taking steps.

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