Everyone can help limit climate change. Our lifestyles have a profound impact on our planet. Our choices matter, we can make a difference.
Around two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions are linked to private households. The electricity we use, the food we eat, the way we travel, and the things we buy all contribute to a person’s “carbon footprint,” the amount of greenhouse gas emissions associated with an individual’s activities.
Greenhouse gas emissions per person vary greatly among countries. In the United States of America, emissions in 2020 were 14.6 tons of CO2 equivalent per person – more than double the global average of 6.3 tons, and six times the 2.4 tons per person in India.
To preserve a livable climate, the average emissions per person per year will need to drop to around 2 to 2.5 tons of CO2e by 2030.
Start with these actions to help tackle the climate crisis:
· Estimate your annual greenhouse gas emissions by using EPA’s Household Carbon Footprint Calculator.
· Make your voice heard by those in power
· Eat less meat and dairy
· Walk, bike, or take public transport - Bonus: cut back on flying
· Switch to an electric vehicle
· Reduce your energy use, and bills - Replace light bulbs with LEDs or other low-energy lights.
· Respect and protect green spaces
· Invest your money responsibly - Ask if you can opt out of funds investing in fossil fuels.
· Cut consumption and waste - Reduce, reuse, repair & recycle.
· Talk about the changes you make - As you make these positive changes to reduce your environmental impact, share your experiences!
The term ”carbon footprint” used hereabove refers to the amount of greenhouse gas emissions associated with a person’s activities. Emissions are measured in carbon dioxide equivalents, CO2e, which takes into account not only carbon dioxide but also other greenhouse gases, such as methane and nitrous oxide, by converting them to carbon dioxide equivalents with the same global warming potential.