4 Effective Ways To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

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Marleny Hucks
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Marlene (or Marleny as she is known in Spanish) is a mentor, teacher, cross-cultural trainer, storyteller, writer, and for those who have been under her leadership or simply sat across the table from her, she is a mirror of destiny. Her love of word and image were formed early on by one of her heroes, Dr. Seuss. If you asked those who know her well, they would describe her a compassionate, funny, wise, curious, honest, real, strong, sensitive and totally human which comes out as she teaches and writes. She sees all of life, even the most mundane, through faith and believes that who we become as we live this side of the veil is what matters not the journey itself or our circumstances. Marleny Hucks has spent her life crossing bridges. She comes from a diverse background of ministry roles and contexts as well as has transitioned in and out of the business world. Having lived outside the country as well as traveled extensively she has a fascination with culture causes her to live her life within a global mosaic no matter where her feet are planted. Marlene currently lives in South Carolina with her husband David, who owns a news company but who she says is a “crime fighter”, bringing light into darkness in their systems of their city. Marleny currently works as a content management specialist covering Myrtle Beach News for MyrtleBeachSC News.

Global carbon dioxide emission has become a major environmental concern. Big corporations and manufacturing industries are usually blamed for this. However, the amount of carbon footprint from individuals does no favor to the environment. A US study, for instance, revealed that residential energy alone contributes 20% to greenhouse gas emissions. With many daily decisions affecting the planet, consider the four remarkable ways to reduce your carbon footprint. 

  1. Don’t drive

Besides driving, you can use other modes of transportation. For instance, you can bike or walk to completely decrease how much carbon emissions you produce. These options aren’t just good for the environment but very beneficial to your physical health. You can also join public transport or carpool to produce fewer carbon emissions when traveling longer distances. If you must drive, consider using electric vehicles since they emit no greenhouse gas and can be charged at home. EVs are growing increasingly popular as more people are shifting from gasoline-powered vehicles. 

  1. Alter your diet

Food can have a big environmental impact. Meat and dairy, for instance, take a lot of water, land, and energy to produce. The process also releases a large amount of methane, a greenhouse gas. Additionally, food delivered from outside depletes much more resources than local crops. You can make a major difference by eating a more plant-based diet or smaller animal products, particularly red meat. Buying from local farmers can also support the local economy. You can also plan your meal to save leftovers and only purchase what you need to reduce your carbon footprint.

  1. Lower your water usage 

Water processing and delivery require energy and resources. It also takes a lot of energy to heat it once it’s there. You can reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment by using water conservation habits like turning off the water when brushing your teeth, taking brief showers instead of baths, and boiling what you need. You can also harvest rainwater to indirectly reduce your carbon emission. Natural rainwater that falls on your roof goes into your tank by gravity. And you can use energy-efficient gravity systems to pump them when required. The less mains water you use, the less power you will require to generate them. Hence, if you can utilize as much rainwater as feasible, you may improve your environmental sustainability.

  1. Cut back on data consumption

According to data estimates, the carbon output from the internet, devices, and systems that support them accounts for an estimated 3.7% of global greenhouse gases. For instance, a single hour of video calling produces up to 1,000g of CO2, between two and twelve liters of fresh water, and a land mass about the size of an iPad. However, turning off your video can reduce this by over 90%. A video call adds to the call’s data weight, and providers require larger servers to process this additional data, consuming more energy. So, regarding the environment, you’re perfectly justified in turning off your video camera during your next conversation.

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