The concept of climate change can be overwhelming. While real solutions will require measures on a global scale, there are personal choices you can make in your day-to-day life to reduce your personal impact on the carbon emissions in your local environment.
Your personal carbon footprint is the sum total of your greenhouse gas emissions that come from the production, use and end-of-life of the products or service you use. Greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide – the most common human-emitted gas – and others, such as methane, nitrous oxide and fluorinated gases. These gases settle in the atmosphere, and prevent heat from escaping into space, causing global warming.
The majority of an individual’s carbon footprint come from transportation, housing and food. Everyone has a responsibility to shape the culture around how we protect our climate, and there are a number of things you can do to improve your eco-lifestyle.
A sustainable lifestyle begins with adapting your habits to reduce your lifestyle carbon footprint.
However, there will always be a point where you have adopted low-carbon practices to your lifestyle, but still remain with a carbon footprint. This is where carbon offsetting helps reach the target of carbon neutrality and can bring immediate positive impact to the planet.
At this point, you can offset the remainder of your carbon footprint and start your net zero lifestyle!