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Reducing carbon footprint- a health perspective

What is a carbon footprint?

A carbon footprint is a term that is used to refer the impact of our activities on the environment. A carbon footprint is actually a measure for our contribution in climate change and represents the amount produced daily in our lives through various activities such as burning fossil fuels, driving, heating, etc. This total set of greenhouse gas emissions may be measured for a particular organization, event, state, product or person and it is often measured by undertaking a greenhouse gas emissions assessment. A greenhouse gas is actually a gas in an atmosphere that absorbs and emits radiation within the thermal infrared range, which is the primary cause of the greenhouse effect. Our individual carbon footprint is either related to our own activities or to services provided for us. This actually means that each and every individual may prevent hazardous health impacts of climate change on future generations by reducing own carbon footprint. This article offers list of simple actions that may help a lot.

Reducing carbon footprint

To begin reducing a carbon footprint, make sure to avoid using lights when it is not necessary. This also includes television, computer, DVD player and any other energy consuming device. During the winter, people should try to decrease the central heating temperature or water heating setting for one or two degrees. This is something body will hardly notice, but it may dramatically reduce a carbon footprint. Dish washer and washing machine should be used only at a full capacity. This is a great way to save on water, chemicals and electric power, at the same time. People should also try to walk or run whenever they can, and avoid using car when it is unnecessary. Using the public transportation is more environmentally friendly. 

People should also opt for energy saving light bulbs and replace all of their technical equipment that is more than 15 years old. New fridges, ovens and boilers have much better energy efficiency rating and they are more eco-friendly. Another great way to save on energy is to insulate hot water tanks, lofts and walls. Loft insulation should be 180 millimeters thick.

Secondary footprint, which results from to services provided for individuals, is also significant. To begin reducing it, people should never buy bottled water if their tap water is safe to drink. It is also important to buy only local fruit and vegetables that are in season. People should also buy organic products with no unnecessary packaging, and reduce their consumption of meat.

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