Low Carbon Living - Samuel Duru

Life has never been easier. By dint of technological advancement, people can now do things which were impossible in the past. Motor vehicles help us commute; trains and airplanes even more so.

Technology really helps us, but in my opinion the use of it is sometimes too much. Here is one instance from my neighborhood: I saw my neighbour going to a local shop by motorcycle. And how far is her house from the shop? Only 250 meters! She only bought one pack of instant noodles and also got a plastic bag for free. Since she used her motorcycle, she needed the plastic bag because she couldn't hold the noodles while driving. So, the plastic bag with its carrying handler became the solution. If she had chosen to walk to the shop, she wouldn't have needed the plastic bag, as she could have carried the noodles in her hand.

This little example shows that technology is sometimes inappropriate, and too much. We become dependent on it for simple tasks and worse, we become lazy.

Truly, we human beings consume enormous amounts of energy, drain water supplies, and devour food and resource in an unsustainable way. Humanity's total ecological footprint was estimated at close to two planet Earths - in other words, humanity uses ecological services almost twice as fast as Earth can renew them. This causes climate change, which is threatening human life with rising sea levels, storms, floods etc. Unequivocally, if we knowingly continue to live in a manner, which harms and jeopardizes planet Earth, soon all the goodness the Earth has to offer us will be devoured.

Nevertheless, the one word forecast for a greener future is: CHANGE. We must start making less polluting choices. Low-carbon living is the key to our future; it creates less carbon dioxide emissions. More so, reducing our carbon footprint will not only help the planet, but also improve the quality of our lives.

You can start now to calculate your current emissions, so you can see how much you save in a year – you’ll be surprised how well you do! To calculate your emissions use the Carbon Calculator.

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However, on a practical note here are several tips for you to employ, the more people that adopt this thinking, the more we heal our green habitat – the Earth:
• Plant deciduous trees to shade houses, since trees can remove fifty pounds of carbon from the air each year.
• Buy Smart: purchase energy efficient appliances that display the Energy Star Label.
• Turn off lights, televisions and other electronic devices when not in use.
• Walk, bike, carpool, and use mass transit, as well as limit travel by using communication technologies.
• Replace tungsten bulbs with energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs or compact light fixtures.
• Purchase a fuel-efficient car or alternative fuel vehicle, like fuel cell car, solar car, etc.
• Manage heating and cooling with timers and sensor controls.

What lifestyle changes have you decided to adopt today in order to reduce your carbon footprints?

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