With the United States pulling out of the Paris Agreement, we are all asking ourselves what this means for the future of the planet. Experts warn that temperatures are set to rise by up to 14 degrees F by 2100. If that doesn’t make you worry about your carbon footprint, I don’t know what will!
So, why do we have such high carbon emissions?
USA is currently the second-highest carbon-emitting nation in the world. Within the United States, Texas has the highest emissions of greenhouse gasses, followed by California, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Ohio. The states with the lowest carbon footprints are the ones which haven’t developed an industrial hub, such as DC, Vermont, Rhode Island, Delaware and New Hampshire. Reports publish that a whopping 29% of the total 6,587 Million Metric Tons comes from generating electricity, followed by 27% from transport and 21% from industrial sources.
Concrete steps to reduce one’s carbon footprint
Scary numbers, huh? Does it make you wonder about your own contribution to that mess? The good news is, we have the power to help reverse this trend in two ways: Reducing emissions and offsetting them.
Reduce your electricity consumption
Eat Right for the Planet
How else can you help? Well, how about with the food you eat? Eat locally-produced organic food, which will reduce the fossil fuel used in fertilizers, in transport and storage. Reduce or eliminate beef and dairy, which will save the resources it takes to raise cows.
Apart from all those easy little adjustments you can make to reduce emissions, you can also help offset your carbon emissions as well. You could donate to environmental projects, often in developing countries, and buy carbon credits on that basis.
Here’s a video explain what we are talking about:
The aim of many individuals and organisations is to be carbon-neutral, so their emissions are all reabsorbed. Want to do a bit yourself and have a patch of land? You’ll find some handy tools on the internet that will help you calculate how many trees you’d need to plant to offset your carbon footprint.
See? It’s really not that impossible to live a carbon-neutral life. It will take a few readjustments, but it is totally doable. So it doesn’t matter if we have pulled out of the Paris Accord, Americans can still pledge to each do their bit individually for a better future for the planet.