The main problem of global warming and the consequent climate change is that it is largely based on secondary effects of the consumer society, a society that lives to consume, that is educated to work and to buy, that bases its levels of “happiness” in what they have and consume, the bigger the house, the better, the bigger the car, the better, the fatter … well, not there, but we get fat because of the excesses of the consumer society.
The way in which you, in a basic way, can help and do your part to mitigate your carbon footprint, is to decrease your waste, excesses and optimizing the use of resources, including gasoline and electricity.
If you drive a car, you contribute significantly to the emissions of carbon dioxide, which is the gas that is the main cause of this worldwide emergency, by using lights in your home (a lot, if not all, of the electricity has been generated through the consumption of oil, coal or gas and, therefore, has as a waste product CO 2) , the waste that you create is also related to greenhouse gas emissions.
If we focus on these points we can improve and decrease our contribution to the problem by doing the following:
Decrease the use and abuse of the automobile.
In U.S.A. and many “developed” countries get into the car to go to the corner store, when they could easily walk or ride a bicycle. It is also common to see people buy large four-wheel drive cars when they only use them to travel in the city, often alone.
- Walk more.
- Use more the bicycle.
- Use public transport.
- Demand from its authorities improvements in bicycle lanes, pedestrians and public transport, a truly developed country offers those options.
- If they buy a car that is efficient and emits few greenhouse gases.
- Drive well. Using the car as a bobo teenager, accelerating, at high speed and braking abruptly wears out the car, but more importantly, it spends more and emits more pollutants. Turn the engine OFF if you are waiting somewhere!
- Keep your car in optimal condition (revisions).
- Check the inflation level of your tires.
- Use the car air conditioner as little as possible.
- Use renewable fuels.
- Consider the purchase of electric or hybrid cars.
What you can do in the house
I will never forget to see how the gringo friends lived and wasted without considering the consequences. The air conditioning all day, even if they were not at home, the lights never turned off, the music equipment on, the computers, even the TV on and no one watching it, lights everywhere, from the front, from the sides, etc. ., and now we wonder why the world can not take it anymore … you have to be very naive (to say the least).
- Change your bulbs (bulbs, bulbs) from incandescents to savers immediately. Although they are expensive, LEDs are currently the best option, because they bring less pollutants and in lower concentrations, where incandescent bulbs bring, for example, mercury, a very dangerous and harmful element.
- Always turn off the lights when you do not use them.
- Buy cooling, heating, electronic and electric products that use energy efficiently, in some countries is the Energy Star standard.
- Isolate households well, reduce energy expenditure up to 20%.
- Using the air conditioner, as little as possible, opening windows and using fans, helps to spend less electricity.
- The three R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle. Try to reduce the production of garbage and organic waste. Do not buy products that bring excessive packing. Buy what you can eat, serve portions you can finish, eat what you have stored in the refrigerator before it gets damaged, etc. If you can, consider making compost in your yard. Choose organic / organic products, locally produced and responsible companies, apart from being healthier, avoid packaging and transport costs. Avoid using disposable things, plates, glasses, cups, cutlery, they are all very polluting and take forever to degrade in the environment. Locate the local entity responsible for recycling and learn to separate and prepare your waste for reuse. Every time you want to throw something in the garbage, ask yourself if it is recyclable.
- Look for ways to recycle the packaging of the products you consume, find where to put the plastic, metal and glass for recycling and make it a habit to prepare the recycling waste in a way that serves those in charge of that activity.
- Reduce the use of plastic, when you go shopping carry a reusable bag (fabric or similar) and do not receive plastic bags. Comment and recommend in stores and supermarkets to stop using plastic bags and charge for them to encourage the use of environmentally healthy options.
- Efficient use of water in the home. Short showers, sporadic use of the tub, efficient methods of washing dishes, turn off the water while you wash your teeth and shaves. Repair leaks as soon as possible. Water at the hottest time of the day. Use bathroom, shower and kitchen faucets that are savers. Using less hot water in showers and bathtubs helps a lot too.
- Dry your clothes hanging in the sun and not in clothes dryers that use a huge amount of electricity and also wear clothes.
- Wash and dry your crockery by hand, one way to save water is to use a bowl of soapy water and rinse instead of running water.
- Use the sun to heat your water and if possible install solar panels to create your own electricity.
- Eat less meat, apart from generating a lot of CO2 and methane, the meat industry is extremely polluting and destructive to the environment.
- Dry your towels in the sun, instead of sending them to wash before your time.
- Configure your computers to enter hibernation after an unused period. Turn off the equipment and lights at the end of the day.
- Use efficient electronic equipment, one option is Energy Star, if your country offers them.
- Isolate and use efficient cooling and heating equipment.
- The three R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle. Print only if necessary, print and copy on both sides of the paper, buy paper and other supplies of recycled material. The old equipment can be donated to schools and other entities.
- Decrease the use of energy in your transportation to the office or business. Use public transport, bicycle, carpooling (traveling with colleagues in a single car) to save not only resources, but money.
Consider the effects on the environment, decrease your carbon footprint in global warming is also good for your economy and mental health.
It is advisable to review the daily routine and critically analyze what you do, review your activities and see everything you do from the perspective of the environment, what I eat, where it comes from, how much packaging it has, what will you do with the waste after consumption . If you see that it contaminates a lot, avoid it and if you can it suggests to the companies that it improves its product using another packaging, less quantity, recyclable plastics and better, biodegradable. Everything you do has an effect on the environment, our task as responsible and consistent citizens, is to do everything possible to diminish that effect without negatively affecting our daily life.