Drive less! According to this answer, “70% of US oil consumption goes to transportation, mostly to car driving.”
In addition to driving less, eating less meat will have a huge effect on the amount of greenhouse gases that you are responsible for.
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the amount of beef that each american eats produces the same amount of co2 as driving a car 3000 miles each year.
Because a cow is a large animal and takes a relatively long amount of time (and therefore a lot of food) to reach maturity, it’s one of the most ineffecient foods humans can eat.
Another way to reduce carbon emissions is to conserve electricity. This can be done through a variety of ways, such as using compact florescent lights, using energy-saving appliances, and unplugging electronic devices when they are not going to be used for a while.
Another way to reduce carbon emissions, which I’m kind of shocked no one has mentioned yet considering this is elementary science (though I mean no offense, basic things do happen to be overlooked a lot) is planting trees and other plants. Plants use Carbon Dioxide much like we use oxygen, and better yet? Just as we exhale CO2 as waste they expel oxygen as waste, in fact one acre of trees absorbs 2.6 tons a year and produces the amount of oxygen 18 people need in a year. One tree, in facts, produces 260 lb. of oxygen year!We could also stop cutting down so many trees, as the death of a 70-year old tree returns three-tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.
So go out and plant a tree!
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