Climate change is a result of increased carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.
Carbon dioxide is a natural compound that occurs in all plants and animals and is necessary for life on Earth. But when we burn coal or petroleum products like gasoline, we release large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, where it traps heat from escaping into space. This causes global warming and increases sea levels by melting glaciers and polar ice caps.
How Can We Help Stop Global Warming?
The best way to reduce your carbon footprint is to use less electricity, drive less and recycle more. If you live in an area that relies on coal for power, consider switching over to solar or wind power.
You can also help stop global warming by reducing your use of fossil fuels. Use public transportation and carpool whenever possible, and buy a fuel-efficient vehicle that runs on electricity or hydrogen instead of gasoline.
You can also help reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by planting trees and using less packaging. Your personal choices may not seem to make a difference, but if everyone does their part, it will add up to a big impact on our planet.
What Is Your Carbon Footprint?
Your carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases you are responsible for releasing into the atmosphere. It’s measured in tons per year and can be calculated by figuring out how much energy you use (including your home, transportation, and food), how many miles you drive, what kind of car you drive, how much water you use on a daily basis, and whether or not you have children.
You can find out how much carbon dioxide you’re responsible for by calculating your carbon footprint. The easiest way to do this is to visit the website of the Balanced Earth organization, which has a calculator that will tell you exactly how much your lifestyle contributes to global warming. They will show you how to be carbon neutral by offsetting your carbon footprint with a donation to one of their environmental projects.
The bottom line is that you can make a difference. The best thing you can do to help the environment is to reduce your carbon footprint and offset it with a donation to one of Balanced Earth’s environmental projects. The more people who do this, the better our planet will be for future generations.