Thursday, December 17, 2015

Following the Historic Deal at Paris Climate Conference, Here Are Some Ways You Can Reduce Your Own Carbon Footprint

“Climate change is one of the greatest moral challenges of our time. It threatens the health of our planet and people; especially the poorest and most vulnerable. It threatens our children’s future and everything we hold dear. It is time for all of us to wake up and take action together — in our local communities, nationally and globally, as well as in our daily lives." 

~ Desmond Tutu

The major climate change meeting of world leaders in Paris earlier this month is now over, and an accord has indeed been reached.

I never got around to publishing this before, and although it is a bit outdated (the New York Times published this before the Paris Conference began), it is still quite an interesting and informative piece on how you individually can reduce your carbon footprint.

Here are just some of the ideas:

You can plug leaks in your home insulation to save power, install a smart thermostat, switch to more efficient light bulbs, turn off the lights in any room where you are not using them, drive less by consolidating trips, waste less food and eat less meat.

Also, a big one that is mentioned is flying less.

True, although eating less meat is surely the biggest thing that you can do, as animal farming takes up an enormous amount of space on the planet, and is very polluting. The pursuit of further farming like this is the reason that the Amazon rainforest, among other places, is slowly but surely being destroyed.

Take a look:

The Road to a Paris Climate Deal By THE NEW YORK TIMES

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