Reduce your carbon footprint
Your carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouse gases (including carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, fluorinated gases and others) that you produce as you live your life. To get a sense of your contribution, you can calculate your carbon footprint at Project Neutral.There are many positive steps you can take toward lowering the impact in your everyday life. Here are some suggestions:
- Drive less – when possible walk, cycle, carpool or take public transportation.
- Fly less and when you do, book coach seats. You might consider purchasing a carbon offset. The David Suzuki Foundation has a comprehensive list of legitimate companies.
- Eat less meat – opt for vegetarian meals, there are so many options these days.
- Eat more local foods – reach out to your local farmers.
- Reduce your energy use – turn down your thermostat by one or two degrees; unplug your electrical appliances when they are not in use; wash your clothes in cold water; hang clothes on a clothesline instead of using your dryer.
- Embrace a minimalist lifestyle.
- Minimize your purchase of new products – ask yourself if you really need it?
- Buy less new clothing – head to your local second hand shop instead.
- Reduce water use inside your home and garden – take shorter showers and use rain water barrels for your gardens.
- Buy products with less packaging.
- Plant a tree
Helpful websitesIf you are interested in learning more, check out some of these useful sites.
- Project Drawdown - This is a great website with 100 solutions to the climate crisis.
- Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project - This site contains lots of information and resources if you want to learn more about the problem and the solutions for the climate crisis.
- Climate One - Among other information, this site provides NPR (National Public Radio) climate podcasts – great programs on a range of topics.
- Climate Transparency Brown to Green Report - Here you can check out carbon emissions assessments for countries around the world, including measures of their trends and footprint per person.
- The Energy Mix - This free Ottawa-based newsletter is published twice a week, compiling stories on the climate crisis.
- Skeptical Science - Climate myth-debunker.
- Canada’s actions to reduce emissions - This Government of Canada website provides information on Canada's greenhouse gas emissions.
- David Suzuki Foundation - This is one of the country’s most credible and reliable sources of evidence-based environmental information.
- Top 20 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint - This site is a good resource for green eco-tips for creating a sustainable lifestyle.