Did you know there are thousands of little actions you can take daily to reduce your carbon footprint? Americans are responsible for about 20 tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year -- This is the equivalent of driving a gasoline powered car nonstop for 40,000 miles -- we can make a difference by being more aware of how our lifestyles contribute to climate change.
Where you live has a huge impact on how much carbon is being spewed into the atmosphere, in general, the U.S is not the greatest for the atmosphere but some areas in the U.S. are better than others. For an example, Wyoming contributes 111.55 CO2 emissions per capita while Oregon only contributes 9.56 CO2 emissions per capita of the total emission. Wyoming is the second largest producer of electricity in the country. It is also the least densely populated state in the lower 48, with less than 600,000 people. Additionally, Wyoming has a high energy intensity rating, which means it has a high amount of energy consumed per gross domestic product. These factors work together to give Wyoming the highest per capita carbon dioxide emission rate in the country.Other factors that explain the variation in CO2 emissions include oil based economies, the overall level of pollution, etc.
Your diet also could be contributing to the amount of carbon emissions in the atmosphere. The average American’s diet is responsible for almost 9 tons of carbon emissions every year. Abandoning beef, or eating less of it sometimes can make more of an impact than driving less often.
According to the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, driving to and from work, especially if you live in the suburbs, can add pounds of carbon to your output. Cars and light trucks were responsible for around 1.2 billion tons of CO2 emissions in 2013. Public transportation is a more efficient than cars. An average ride on the New York City subway saves each rider about 10 pounds of CO2 emissions, compared to traveling the same distance by car.
Who you vote for can also have a big impact on the carbon monoxide emission. The government can implement limitations on what consumers can eat and or buy. Your voice matters, it’s important that we speak up and be the change we want to see in the world.To vote, please visit Vote.gov. Depending on your state’s voter registration rules, the site can help you register online or find guidance for states and territories with different registration procedures.
Avoid anything made of trees. Examples include changing flooring, buying new furniture, and overall paper consumption.
“Climate change is the most systemic challenge and largest scale one we’ve ever faced as humanity,” Andrew Winston, sustainable business consultant and author of The Big Pivot: Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer and More Open World stated.
www.carbonfund.org has a "Plant Trees" program to offset carbon footprint, by Carbon Fund- nonprofit organization that charges $1/ tree planted- the amount you pay is tax deductible, and you can choose to either plant trees or support renewable energy projects. It is reported that deforestation is responsible for about 20% of global warming. Reforestation is a critical part of offsetting carbon monoxide in the atmosphere. It is easy to get involved for just $1 per tree, you can make an impact.Lastly, www.carbonfund.org also has an option where you are able to calculate your individual carbon footprint. Simply enter information about your home, car, means of transportation, etc. to see what changes you can implement into your everyday life to make the world a better place.