How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Jul 5, 2021

Have you ever thought about your personal carbon footprint? A person’s carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases that they generate through their actions and lifestyle choices. By taking small steps to reduce our carbon footprints, we can work together to make an impact on climate change. Check out our tips below on how to reduce your carbon footprint!

Take a look at your meat consumption. One of the simplest ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to consume less meat. Meat, especially red meat, requires large amounts of land, feed, and water to produce. In addition, cows produce significant amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas. This doesn’t mean you have to eliminate meat from your diet completely, but think about how often you eat meat and whether you could switch out some of those meals for vegetarian options.

Choose locally produced or in-season foods where possible. Foods from faraway places require more fossil fuel consumption due to shipping. Check out your local farmer’s market, or maybe try growing some vegetables at home instead!

Reduce food waste. Plan your meals in advance in order to reduce food waste, and freeze leftovers where possible. Composting is also a great way to make use of scraps and other food waste!

Think about how often you travel. If you fly relatively often, air travel is likely the largest part of your carbon footprint. Commercial aviation contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing the number of flights you take can greatly reduce your personal carbon footprint. Try taking a train instead if this is feasible for you. It can be a great way to see the country! If you do have to fly, try to find a non-stop flight to avoid multiple landings and take-offs, which require more fuel.

You can also try offsetting your carbon emissions by donating to carbon offset projects. Carbon offset projects are run by non-profit organizations that work to improve environmental conditions in communities around the world. Here are links to a couple of organizations to check out:

https://marketplace.goldstandard.org/collections/projects

https://www.myclimate.org/

Drive less, walk and cycle more. You can also take public transportation if that is available to you! If you do drive, try to avoid unnecessary braking and acceleration, as this increases fuel consumption. Also, make sure that your car is properly maintained and that your tires are properly inflated. These small measures can help to increase your fuel efficiency! If you’re in the market for a new car, consider a hybrid or electric option.

Reduce your energy consumption at home. Change any incandescent lightbulbs to energy-efficient options, and turn off lights and unplug electronic devices when not in use. Try lowering your thermostat in the winter and raising it in the summer, and only using air conditioning when necessary. You can also install low-flow shower heads in your shower to reduce water consumption. Additionally, you can try washing your laundry in cold water to save energy!

We hope you found these tips helpful! What do you do to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint? We’d love to hear your suggestions!

By Kate at FWIO

fwio@fwio.on.ca