Climate change is overwhelming, its science is
complex, and there
still remains a lot that is unknown. India
third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases. It
accounts for 2.46
billion metric tons of carbon (6.8% of the total
emissions). “Carbon footprint” is often used as
shorthand for the
amount of carbon emitted by an activity or
the carbon footprint is the amount of productive
required to offset those carbon dioxide emissions.
While the real
solution will require action on a much bigger scale,
many small day-to-day choices we can make to ensure
survives and thrives:
We can eat low on the food chain:
Meat and dairy production
and processing and the methane emitted by
beef and sheep
account for 14.5 per cent of man-made global
emissions. We could lower our carbon
footprint by 8 pounds
per day by avoiding meat and dairy— that’s
2,920 pounds per
Let’s buy organic and local: Choose
organic and local foods.
Transporting food from afar, whether by
truck, ship, rail,
or plane, necessitates the use of fossil
fuels for both fuel
and cooling to prevent food spoilage.
We can reduce wastage and Compost-
Plan ahead of time for
meals, freeze leftovers, and repurpose
leftovers to reduce
food waste. Composting food wastage is a
great option too!
Let’s try to avoid buying fast fashion:
Trendy, cheap items that go out of style
quickly get dumped in landfills, where they
produce methane as they decompose.
the average American discards about 80
pounds of clothing each year, 85% of which
ends up in
landfills. In addition, most fast fashion
comes from China and Bangladesh, so shipping
the U.S. requires fossil fuels. Instead, buy
clothing that will last.
When leaving a room, turn the lights off and
disconnect any electronic gadgets that are
- Replace incandescent light bulbs (ILBs) with
light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Although
expensive, they consume only a fifth of the
energy and live up to 25 times longer than
ILBs. They’re also superior to compact
fluorescent lamp (CFL) bulbs, which contain
mercury and emit 80% of their energy as
We must drive less:
This not only cuts CO2 emissions but also decreases traffic congestion and engine idling.
Avoiding unnecessary breaks and acceleration helps too
Let’s take care of our car:
Keeping tyres properly inflated can boost fuel efficiency by 3%. Keeping the automobile
well-maintained can increase it by 4%. Remove any unnecessary weight from the vehicle.
Let’s avoid flying:
If you fly for work or pleasure, air travel is probably responsible for the most significant
part of your carbon footprint. Avoid flying if possible; on shorter trips, driving may emit
fewer greenhouse gases.
Why not choose economy:
The business class is responsible for almost three times as much emissions as the economy.
The flight’s carbon emissions are shared among more passengers in economy class; the first
class can result in nine times more carbon emissions than the economy.
Finally, make your home more energy efficient by turning off the heat and geyser when not in use.
Keep the temperature of your refrigerator and freezer no lower than it needs to be. Identify and
replace appliances that are broken or that utilise more energy than they should. While all of
the other chores need your intervention, OHM assistant seamlessly makes your home energy
efficient without needing any help.
This Environment Day, do your bit because the environment is worth saving.