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Carbon Neutral

The words carbon neutral have been significant lately. Climatic change is staring us in the eye. It's a prelude to full-blown global warming, a condition brought by the massive concentration of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. If greenhouse gases continue to increase, the globe will be subjected to extensive flooding which would significantly lead to the receding shorelines, particularly in low-lying areas like New York City and New Orleans.


This would also be the cause of deaths induced by incessant heat waves since temperatures are expected to rise by 2.5 degrees centigrade borne out of the depleted ozone layer. This is an impending disaster that is bound to happen and if we can do something about it, then we won't have to experience it, at least in our lifetime.

The option is to go carbon neutral. Going carbon neutral entails practices that limit the release of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere, which may begin right at home. Like the cliché, "charity begins at home" mankind must likewise impose a change in lifestyle and strive to be carbon neutral.

Concerned citizens should try to emulate the "reduce, reuse and recycle" practice to manifest their commitment to the environment. The 3r's when strictly adhered to, results in the reduced emissions of harmful gasses because manufacturing will be on a limited scale. Apart from developing a clean lifestyle, said practice upholds better health, entails less medication and promotes a longer life.

To be totally carbon neutral is to have a zero-rating on gas emissions. Now that is impossible, but people get parallel commitment by buying carbon offsets to provide a balance over what we release and retain.

Simple house tips to be carbon neutral

Start with your driving habit. Try to limit your driving. If possible walk, use your bike, join a carpool scheme and take public transportation. Most probably, you will save around 2.5 kilograms of carbon dioxide for every 3 miles that you refrain from driving.

Replace all your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps. If you can muster 25 units, then you have reduced emissions by at least 1,600 kilograms annually. Always recycle, particularly household wastes as this narrows down to at least 1,500 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions saved per year.

Even the simple task of maintaining proper tire pressure improves fuel efficiency and every gallon of gas saved has a corresponding ratio of carbon dioxide saved from the air. Reducing usage of hot water saves 3 tons of harmful gasses annually.

Some tips to become carbon neutral include the avoidance of products with complicated packaging. In addition, adjustment of your thermostat 2 degrees down during winter and 2 degrees up during summer saves 1,500 kilograms of carbon dioxide from the air yearly. What is really practical is to turn off appliances (TV's, DVD player, stereo) including your computers after use. Said practice not only saves energy but also thousands of kilograms of carbon dioxide.

Recommended also is the planting of trees. Trees not only absorb tons of carbon dioxide in their lifetime but likewise supply fresh, clean oxygen and moisture.

Be a model to your neighbors

You cannot combat climate change all by yourself, entice your friends, associates, relatives, neighbors to follow your lead. Advocate the importance of being carbon neutral to help our rapidly deteriorating environment. The more people involved in this endeavor, the higher the chances of success.

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