I am Sarah Fussell from The Artisan's Bazaar and I want to share my favourite emissions reductions tips. There are many things you can do to reduce your carbon emissions, but these are the simplest and very easy to implement.
First, let’s take a look at what CO2 is, and why it’s important to our environment. CO2 is carbon dioxide. On Earth, carbon dioxide is a naturally occurring gas that is all around us in our atmosphere. It is a vital gas which absorbs heat, trapping the energy from the sun in our atmosphere to regulate the temperature on Earth. Some heat from the sun is deflected back into space and the amount our Earth needs to remain at a habitable temperature is trapped in the atmosphere.
Trees absorb carbon dioxide and release the oxygen we breathe in a process called photosynthesis (remember this word from science class?) Trees also store surplus CO2 to help them grow. Human activity such as burning of fossil fuels means too much CO2 is entering the Earth’s atmosphere and deforestation means less CO2 is being absorbed, along with the release of the trees stored CO2. Too much CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere, warms the planet’s surface, and here we have global warming.
You’ve probably noticed these terms used in the same sentence many times. This is what they mean: Global Warming refers to the warming of the planet from burning fossil fuels, contributing to the average surface temperate. Climate Change are the effects of global warming, including increased temperature trends, loss of sea ice, melting of the ice sheet and glaciers, extreme weather events and ocean acidification. Traditionally, change in climate cycles have been attributed to very small variations in the Earth's orbit that change the amount of solar energy our planet receives. Fast forward to now and the current warming trend is of particular significance because 95% is said to be a result of human activity. Scientists date the start of this current climate trend to the beginning of the industrial revolution and it is proceeding at an unprecedented rate.
Here are 9 ways you can reduce carbon emissions in your own home:
The information regarding the effects of global warming goes deep into many case scenarios but all come to the same conclusion. It is up to humans (you, me, organisations, governments) to reduce CO2 emissions. We need to heal the eco-systems that supports our life on Earth. Will you be a part of the change? #bethechange