HELP SOLVE GLOBAL WARMING
Every one of us impacts the earth and its resources—and we all have a role to play to help slow the effects of global warming and protect the planet for future generations.
Reducing and offsetting carbon emissions (or greenhouse gas emissions) is one of the most powerful ways we can make a difference and do our part to help stop global warming.
According to the World Wildlife Fund’s Living Planet Report 2012, we all need to act now to reduce carbon emissions that contribute to global warming, pollute the air and threaten vital eco-systems.
What is Global Warming?
Global warming is the increase of Earth’s average surface temperature due to the effect of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels or from deforestation, which trap heat that would otherwise escape from Earth. This is a type of greenhouse effect.
Where do carbon emissions come from?
Carbon emissions are caused every time we burn fossil fuels such as natural gas, oil, and coal to produce energy. Turn on your washing machine and you are using energy, which creates carbon emissions. Wash in hot water and you’ll create even more carbon pollution.
Nearly every action we take during an average day—from talking on our mobile phones to driving cars and taking public transit—creates carbon emissions. In fact, reading just one email creates an estimated 4 grams of carbon pollution!
How are carbon emissions measured?
The amount of carbon pollution you create is referred to as your carbon footprint. Generally, carbon is measured in tonnes or pounds so your carbon footprint represents an estimate of how many tonnes/pounds of carbon emissions you create in a given period, usually a year.
The average person creates 48,488 pounds of carbon every year: that’s a lot. And every tonne of carbon created accelerates the impacts of climate change.
What about other greenhouse gases?
Other greenhouse gases like methane and nitrous oxide are produced most often from agricultural activity and raising livestock. Manufacturing creates greenhouse gases, as does construction, and deforestation. Trees play a critical role in absorbing carbon dioxide. Fewer forest means larger amounts of GHGs entering the atmosphere – and increased speed and severity of global warming. Even discarding organic food scraps, like apple cores and spoiled foods in landfills, creates greenhouse gas emissions.
While it sounds pretty bleak…there is a positive side to the story.
What can I do to reduce my carbon footprint?
The good news is that there are simple, effective ways to reduce and even neutralize your carbon footprint to lead a greener, cleaner lifestyle that will go a long way to help save the planet.
- It is important to understand how our everyday activities create pollution and contribute to our carbon footprint. You’re off to a great start already, just by learning more about this.
- Once you know how much you contribute to the emission problem, you can be proactive to find ways to become more energy efficient in your everyday life. It won’t take long to get yourself on the road to reducing your carbon footprint.
- Regardless of your personal efforts to reduce your carbon footprint, it is virtually impossible to eliminate it on your own. That’s where JustGreen LifeStyle comes in. JustGreen LifeStyle has a portfolio of certified carbon offset projects. These projects include renewable energy production and/or carbon emission reduction projects that reduce the amount of emissions released into the atmosphere. You can purchase carbon credits, otherwise known as carbon offsets from JustGreen to neutralize your carbon footprint, while supporting these environmentally friendly projects at the same time. This process helps to balance out your carbon emissions towards carbon neutrality.
“Once you know how much you contribute to the emission problem, you can be proactive to find ways to become more energy efficient in your everyday life.”