Reducing Our Carbon Footprint A Must


Gwen Reed, reporter

 Global warming/climate change is becoming a serious threat to our land and our oceans. These threats to our environment due to human impact on our earth is a problem that is only getting worse. It’s all over the news, it’s on our minds, and its happening now. But what can we do locally to help? For those of us who aren’t able to go out and buy an electric car or install solar panels right away: here are some small, reasonable ways we can make a difference by reducing our own carbon footprint right here at home.

  1. Recycle!! It seems obvious, but how many of us actually do it? keep an extra trash bin in your kitchen specifically for recycle. Ziploc bags, yogurt containers, water bottles, plastic forks. Recycle it, they add up!! If you already recycle and want to take it a step further, start a compost. Compost is a place to rid of natural food waste such as fruits/veggies, egg shells, nuts/seeds, coffee, tea, and many more things including thin paper products and decaying plants. Not only does it effectively breakdown waste and create rich soil but it also reduces the emission of certain greenhouse gases.
  2. Water conservation. The small things matter when it comes to helping out mother nature. The average person uses about two gallons of water per minute in the shower.  By cutting your shower time by just five minutes, you’ll save ten gallons of water! Furthermore, after washing dishes or brushing your teeth, be sure to turn the faucet all the way off so it doesn’t drip. Make a difference just by paying attention to these small details.
  3. Donate your clothes. While trash in our landfills is a lingering issue, textile waste is among us as well. Refrain from throwing out any clothes. Instead, pass them down to a sibling or donate them to your local thrift store such as Goodwill. This way, you’re minimizing your textile waste and benefitting your community.
  4. Reduce your use of plastic products. It’s everywhere, and plastic can be impossible to avoid entirely, but simply being conscious of our use of these products makes a difference. Use paper bags instead of plastic, invest in reusable straws, use dishes and silverware, bring your own bags to the grocery store. Whatever you decide to do will help! Resist plastic and remember that this product is filling up our landfills and oceans at an alarming rate.
  5. Carpool! Limit carbon emissions by carpooling with friends. Work together to lessen the number of cars on the road. Do all your errands at once, take the shortest way home, and avoid traffic!
  6. Educate and be educated. One of the best things you can do is LEARN MORE. Learn about why about why your carbon footprint matters, and the negative impacts that fossil fuels have on our earth, and then Tell others around you. Work together to keep the planet green!