You're probably thinking, 'what's my shoe size got to do with being healthy?'. Your carbon footprint, has everything to do with your environment being healthy. Carbon Footprint is a measure of the impact your activities have on the environment. It relates to the amount of greenhouse gases produced in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating, transportation, etc. How do we reduce the size of our carbon footprint to make our environment healthier?
Here are some simple tips...
-Turn off technology when not in use (computers, tv, DVD players, etc)
-Turn off lights when you leave a room
-Turn down your central heating system by 1-2 degrees (bonus: reducing temp by 1 degree will save about 8% on heating bill)
-Fill your dishwasher & washing machines with full loads, this will save water, electricity, and detergent
-Do your weekly shopping in one trip, to reduce gas usage
-Carpool to work or with school drop off/pick up
-Use public transportation when possible
-Walk or ride a bike for short distances
-Use energy saving light bulbs
-Don't buy bottled water if your tap water is safe to drink, or try a filter (Brita)
-Buy local, seasonal organic fruits & vegetables (buying out of season, fruits/veggies may have been flown in)
-Recycle as much as possible
If everyone takes the time to make small changes to reduce their carbon footprints, the environment will be a healthier place. We must take care of our Space as much as we take care of our Self and Soul. In this case, a smaller footprint is better! Happy living!