Carbon footprints are the amount of carbon dioxide that is emitted through the use of fossil fuels and other elements that are associated to the different activities of humans; these activities can be mostly seen from everyone’s daily chores to every kind of market and economic movement. Commonly, these activities involve the production and delivery of goods, household’s daily activities and individual’s use of transportation, to name a few.
There are methods to measure the amount of carbon footprints. Every nation, every type and intensity of economy, as well as the types of goods have the corresponding scale of carbon footprint level. Up until now, intensive studies are still ongoing in validating numerical figures and in standard calculations for the carbon footprints’ total summation. The totality requires a large amount of data from people, as well as other considerations like the presence of natural carbon dioxide in the environment.
In most parts of the world, industrialization has led its way through a much more economic progress. Since the usage of fossil fuels has become part of the traditional economy and at the same time, has become a continuous practice for the different types of businesses to gain more profit, we can’t help but still patronize it even more, leading to a wider scale of emitted greenhouse gases.
Apparently, we, as a living testimony of this environmental issue, there is one thing we are agreeing most upon: the more there is burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas), the further we contribute to the carbon footprints.
The Greenhouse Effect
Greenhouse is a term that is used to originally refer to a gardening system where a structure is built for the flowers and plants to grow through a regulated temperature. Majority of its uses is to trap the light coming from the Sun so that the plants will be able to get more heat energy depending on to their type and breeds. The temperature inside of a greenhouse area that is exposed to sunlight sufficiently rises than its outer area securing the plants from cold weather.
While the said structure contributes a big help in a plant’s life and in planet Earth, we have also such same version, but its effect on us is sickly and worse or even deadly; it is the so-called global warming. If we perceive greenhouse effect collectively, it would be exactly that the carbon dioxide and other gases act like a sheet that absorbs the sun’s radiation but is incapable of freeing heat into the outer space; this is one of the major causes of the drastic warming of the Earth’s surface and atmosphere.
The crucial part of this effect is when there is a depletion of an ozone layer. The role of ozone layer is vital that it is capable of absorbing the sun’s UV or ultraviolet radiation; this kind of radiation can potentially damage any life form. The greenhouse effect and the depletion of ozone layers are two individual factors which can certainly bring a great impact in having a deteriorated environment.
The World is in Our Hands
Our treatment towards our environment is a cycle. What we exercise reflects what this planet is going to face years from now. The more the carbon footprints are being released in the environment, the greater the effects of greenhouse will be, leading to a radical meltdown of the northern and southern glaciers. This melting of glaciers results to an increase in water levels and unusual weather phenomena, causing either extreme drought or flash floods.
By just enumerating few of the many factors in an environmental issue, it is obvious to us that we can be able to describe how our home, planet Earth, is already in bad shape. Some of the factors are naturally given, while there are factors that we can still control like doing our part in eliminating carbon footprints. We can make a great move by starting the change within ourselves. The power is in our hands in promoting advocacy and consciousness to the public and to the nation. There are better ways and ideas when it comes to our daily mobility.
Instead of using cars or public transportation, we can just opt to burn fat by walking in place of burning fuels. While our natural resources are only limited, we can still be able to make our lives sustainable by using an unlimited source of energy such as solar, wind or geothermal. In home and workplace where we commonly use electricity (from coals and fossil fuels), we are more likely to save more money if we choose to invest for the previously mentioned renewable energy sources. Through participating in tree planting, our environment could be free from air pollutants such as carbon dioxide and other harmful elements. Not only that; tree-planting can also prevent flash floods as trees have the ability to absorb gallons of water.
More and more people nowadays have already known the process of growing vegetables through containers. By doing this, we can have our meal fresh without us being involved in any transfers (transportation to be exact). After we have begun the environmental principles within our lives, we can then inspire others. If we want our advocacy to be contagious, we must take a stand and make our voice louder through expressing it in the form of writing, be it through a blog, social media site or forums.