Modern World’s Issue- Carbon Footprint
Imagine that you are walking over the wet ground; you will leave a footprint with each step. The more you walk, the more will you leave a footprint. Like this actual footprint, whenever some activity is performed in daily life (ex: Food production, Driving a vehicle, or even cooking food), a certain amount of Carbon dioxide or Methane is produced directly or indirectly during these activities. So, roughly the total amount of these gases along with all other greenhouse gases produced by an individual, community, system, or activities to the atmosphere is considered as carbon footprint.
What are the activities that produce carbon footprints?
It is a common misconception that clean energies like solar, hydroelectricity don’t have any effect on the environment at all but even the cleanest of all energies have a carbon footprint. At least, harvesting these energies requires us to leave a carbon footprint. for example, Solar Energy may be the cleanest source of energy but harvesting it requires solar panels, which are produced in industries that in turn releases greenhouse gases during the panel’s production. Anything from daily articles that you use to something like Agriculture, everything is responsible for a certain degree of carbon footprint. So, it may come as a surprise but almost every activity, even the cleanest and greenest ones leave carbon footprints on the environment.
How is carbon footprint harmful for us?
Carbon footprints at large amount can affect the environment by primarily showing greenhouse effect on the environment which in turn basically warm up the whole globe and result in something like melting of snow, increase in sea level, extinction of different species and something like floods which are pretty dangerous in long term.
Can carbon footprint be tracked/mitigated completely?
It is almost impossible to track every activity responsible for carbon footprint as almost everything leaves these footprints behind. Likewise, completely eliminating carbon footprint from the environment is an impossible task. Although, making improvements in production processes and implementing the habit of ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ can reduce carbon footprint by many folds.
What does data say?
According to data, the highest Carbon dioxide gas production per capita of 2015 (latest data) is shown by Qatar with a staggering 39.7 tons per year, and some of the lowest are shown by developing and under-developed countries which include Burundi at lowest and other countries like Nepal, Haiti, Rwanda, etc. at no particular order.
How can you reduce carbon footprint from your side?
Although carbon footprint can’t be completely mitigated, we can reduce it in many ways. Few of these activities may include consumption of home-grown foods, less use of energies like electricity, use of public transportation, reusing and recycling the resources, etc. On an industrial level, improvement of production technologies and methodologies are also crucial for reducing the carbon footprint on the environment.
So, you might be skeptical whether or not the carbon footprint can be reduced but after looking into facts, I actually found that in most of the countries like the USA, Qatar, China, the carbon footprint was peaked up. But for the good news, the greenhouse gas emissions are decreasing and people are looking for new ways to reduce the negative impacts on the environment as far as possible; many multi-national companies like Tesla, SolarCity, Google, Apple are looking for new ways to utilize the clean energy in cleaner ways. So, we can say that we are living in a time of revolution and we can remain optimistic about this subject matter.
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