Carbon emissions have reached a level where it will be hard to roll back the impact unless dramatic changes are made immediately. The average person can make changes to reduce their own carbon footprint. But it is major corporations and countries that must come together to make the biggest changes.
There are smart solutions that would help reduce carbon emissions. But is there a commitment to implementing them?
Expanding Renewable Energy Use
Most of the world runs on energy systems that are entirely dependent on coal and other fossil fuels. Not only are many of these resources susceptible to price fluctuations, but they are also damaging the environment.
The good news is that many options exist for renewable energy. From wind to solar, it is possible to transform energy systems to become more efficient and environmentally friendly.
Unfortunately, it is an issue that individuals cannot tackle on their own. Each home that goes solar helps, but it requires a concentrated effort from governments to subsidize renewable energy to the point where the average person can afford the adjustment.
There are a few ways to tackle the issue. One is to improve fuel efficiency, ensuring that less dependency on oil exists around the world. The other is to invest in cars that do not use fuel, such as electric vehicles.
And the final solution is to promote biking and public transportation, ensuring fewer cars on the road in major cities around the world.
Most people are not aware of the impact of deforestation on the environment. Around 10 percent of the heat-trapping emissions are the result of tropical deforestation. It is the equivalent of tailpipe emissions from 600 MILLION cars.
While the rate of deforestation has slowed down in most of the developed world, it is a huge issue in Asia, Africa and other developing areas.
To slow down deforestation, it is important to understand its causes. Most deforestation is the result of production for specific commodities, such as beef cattle, palm oil, wood products and soybeans.
Challenging Business and Governments
What can the average person do to slow down these emissions? It is a question many environmentally conscious people ask.
The first step is to keep one’s own house in order, by engaging in practices that are less harmful to the environment.
The second step involves challenging companies and governments. Vote for politicians who are interested in helping the environment, and vote with the wallet for corporations that are committed to green initiatives.
If two companies are selling a similar product in a similar price range, go for the one that was produced using “green” methods. And consume less commodities that are inherently linked to environmental destruction, such as beef.
There is still time to save the environment and reduce carbon emissions.