Have you ever wondered what effect your life has on the environment around you? Careful thinking is required to reduce greenhouse gasses, chief contributor to rise in global warming which is destroying our polar ice caps and altering the weather. To understand and tackle this universal issue, scientists and policy makers world over have debated their concern and opined, to keep track what impact human activities have on the environment. Thus, the measurement of total greenhouse gases released by human activities in units(tonnes) of carbon dioxide produced or accumulated over the full life cycle of a product or service is defined as "CARBON FOOTPRINT". Its a useful tool for individuals and nations to understand how much its contributing to global warming. The concept could also be used to offset CO2 emissions through commissioning of natural projects like reforestation. In overview we may say carbon footprint is refinement of an earlier concept of ecological footprint.
Under the aegis of UN, an honest effort for reducing greenhouse gasses (GHG`s) of industrialized nations have now got legal sanction with ratification of the Kyoto Protocol by majority of the nations in 2005.
Accordingly, carbon footprint can be effectively managed under two broad categories:
The following steps have been broadly outlined for reducing carbon footprint:
In order to ensure adequate compliance is being made for keeping check of greenhouse gasses, certain guidelines and regulatory measures need to be framed, such as :-
No matter how strict a legislation exists, our efforts to reduce carbon footprint across the world can bear fruit only with active individual and community participation. There are many things which each one of us as individuals can do, to reduce carbon emissions.Here`s a list of some simple things to do and remember.
Let us conserve Nature by making right choice in our homes, our travel, the food we eat, what we buy and throw away, as all of it adds to carbon footprint and influence the stability of climate for future generations.
Posted by Nature Lover | 12:58 AM
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