Paris Agreement was signed by 195 nations, pledging to reduce carbon emissions. While US has pulled out of #ParisClimateDeal individuals can still continue this pledge. This is how :
Reducing food use and waste- Lot of emission is made in producing and transporting food. We must buy and consume as per our need. Also wastage of food decomposes it to green house gases which in turn prove disastrous for our planet.
Plastic free world- We can change the fate of our mother earth by discouraging use of plastic be it plastic bags, plastic bottles or pouches. Everything which decomposes itself to earth is good and which do not is bad for the health of environment. Plastic do not decompose and thus prohibits earth’s growth.
Styrofoam – This is the latest addition to the problem. The white good looking monster is the chemical cousin of polythene. The modern disposables like glasses, plates and containers are becoming intrinsic part of household. People have chosen them for their ease of use and cheaper price. They find their lost resort in landfills but the day is not far when styrofoam will gobble up our space too.
Electricity- Recent developments have revealed that the world is shifting towards greener energy. But this paradigm shift will take another decade.Till then we rely on coal and fossils to lit our lives lamps, at least third world still does. Consumption of lesser electricity with use of energy saving equipments will accelerate the movement of saving our planet.
Independence from Non renewable energy sources – Our transportation is major consumer of petroleum products which not only is limited but also polluting. Urban roads have choked due to overuse of private vehicles. Some of roads remain permanent blocked due to traffic. The only seemed solution is use of public transport that too which uses green energy. This will not only reduce emissions but also improve traffic conditions and thus human life.
Green spaces in our house-We all have some space in our houses which can be devoted to plants. This could prove to be biggest fight against climate change. There can be a kitchen garden where an individual can learn to grow own food. Once people come to process of growing be it anything they will take care of environment and respect people who grow food for us.
The total number of green house gases emitted to support the human activities is known as carbon footprint.For humans it is more specific to carbon dioxide and thus expressed as CO2e.Each human action be it breathing, resting or blinking of eyes requires energy. And this energy comes from food which in turn comes at the cost of Carbon.Thus as long as we human live we continue to contribute to carbon emission: the more we use the things more is the contribution.
The most important to sustain life is oxygen then comes the water and then food followed by other things.The production of oxygen which is mostly done by the flora of the planet only consumes carbon to emit oxygen, rest all necessities do the vice versa.If we take food for an example human do use some machine or animals to yield, these machines or animals do use energy in some form or the other and emit Carbon.The smoke from industries, vehicular pollution, domestic household uses of fire are the major causes of increase of green house gases. It is astonishingly ugly fact that half of the emisson is due to food waste.
We have diviced methods to tackle pollution like discouraging use of fossil fuels,regulatory check for chimneys of industries,prevention of forest fire, plantation of trees etc. These fine measures are need of the hour.But the most important thing is yet to be done. An individual is taught that he or she can contribute to the environment by either planting trees or preventing pollution.However he or she can contribute much more than this by just acting little environment friendly way.Now what is that?
Using the things as per their need is the simplest answer to it. Suppose I have more purchasing power than average fellow citizen and I am capable of paying any amount of bill for gasoline or electricity.Yet I am not entitled to waste electricity or fuel as it must have been produced by leaving Carbon Footprints . Recycling and reusing the things like polythene and bottles etc will reduce the consumption and thus the production of the these environment hazards.And above all prevention of food waste not only in logistics but also from food plates.
We move, we breathe, we sleep :at every moment we leave carbon Footprints.To reduce it, is not to Live Less but make a Shadow Green Footprint which walk upon to overlap and wipe it up.
Pollution is big talk in print media TV or Internet. Most of us explore it, compare with few other cities, curse the vehicle owners and then rest back to our routine.The response is obvious as we do not know what to do or how to contribute our part. If anyone out of sheer enthusiasm want to plant a tree he won't find place in crowded city. If somehow he or she manages to find a place it would be impossible to look after the plant. Reducing carbon footprint is beyond the reach of changing lifestyles of mankind. Consumables come in plastic bags and we drink water in Styrofoam glasses. So whose responsibility is to plant trees or clean the environment.A very simple exercise will make us know it. We all live in localities which are relatively small and the trees present can be counted. Count these trees and divide them with number of people living in that locality. This will give the exact number of trees per person. It was proved by science that a human needs a fully grown plant to have his air. Few people will argue that whole planet is one so why not count forest trees, so my answer is they are for wild animals. Also some intellectuals will have view that in cities we have our terrace or kitchen gardens, they in fact are for smaller creatures like insects etc. If there comes an ordeal that each person will be provided with facilities based on the number of trees he or she owns there will be civil war. However nature already has this principle inscribed. This is high time we plant trees unless we gag to death. A human must have at least one tree to which he can claim as his own. I urge to take good care of green around you: plant protect and preserve trees. !
“The best time to plant trees was 20 years ago.
The next best time is now. “