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Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

by Perkins, Avery

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Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
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TRANSPORTATION
How you choose to get from one place to another greatly impacts a person's carbon footprint. Since transportation requires the use of an energy source, it emits carbon dioxide when the energy source is burned during combustion.
To reduce your carbon footprint in this area you can...
The graphic above shows how some sources of transportation are more energy efficient than others. For example, planes produce the most carbon dioxide per kilometer and trains produce the least.
Walk or bike more frequently
Ride public transportation when available
Try to reduce plane travel when other options are available
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Use transportation that is powered by renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, hydro, or geothermal
TRANSPORTATION
How you choose to get from one place to another greatly impacts a person's carbon footprint. Since transportation requires the use of an energy source, it emits carbon dioxide when the energy source is burned during combustion.
To reduce your carbon footprint in this area you can...
The graphic above shows how some sources of transportation are more energy efficient than others. For example, planes produce the most carbon dioxide per kilometer and trains produce the least.
Walk or bike more frequently
Ride public transportation when available
Try to reduce plane travel when other options are available
Carpool
Use transportation that is powered by renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, hydro, or geothermal
DIET
What we eat and where we shop for our food directly impacts carbon emissions. Large animals such as cows produce a lot of carbon through gas exchange and rely on a lot of food which takes carbon to import. Products which are grown further away or require a lot of processing produce more carbon emissions during transportation and manufacturing.
To reduce your carbon footprint in this area you can...
Eat food produced locally to reduce transportation emissions
Avoid red meat and products that come from red meat animals 
Avoid foods with plastic packaging because plastic is made from oil
DIET
What we eat and where we shop for our food directly impacts carbon emissions. Large animals such as cows produce a lot of carbon through gas exchange and rely on a lot of food which takes carbon to import. Products which are grown further away or require a lot of processing produce more carbon emissions during transportation and manufacturing.
To reduce your carbon footprint in this area you can...
Eat food produced locally to reduce transportation emissions
Avoid red meat and products that come from red meat animals 
Avoid foods with plastic packaging because plastic is made from oil
SHOPPING
The items you purchase require a lot of manufacturing and transportation. Generally, the more items someone purchases, the more their carbon footprint increases. Shipping materials, manufacturing, transporting to stores, and then to your home through online shopping produces a lot of carbon dioxide.
To reduce your carbon footprint in this area you can...
This video is a great resource to view for more information on how the production process works and the emissions that are created in the mean time.
Buy from local shops when possible
Buy from second hand shops
Avoid purchasing clothes from shops which manufacture their goods far away
Avoid purchasing items which are not designed to last
Use reusable bags when shopping
Try to avoid purchasing frivolous items
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