The following are a few lifestyle changes that are recommended by the UNEP [United Nations Environment Program]which if adopted can lead to a smaller individual carbon foot print (or emissions – somehow that didn’t sound right).
-Waking up with a traditional wind-up alarm clock rather than the beep of an electronic one – this can save someone almost 48 grams (g) of CO2 each day.
-Replacing a 45-minute workout on a treadmill with a jog in a nearby park. This saves nearly 1 Kg of the main greenhouse gas.
-Opting for non-electric toothbrush will avoid nearly 48 g of CO2 emissions;
-Heating bread rolls in a toaster versus an oven for 15 minutes saves nearly 170 g of CO2;
-Switching from regular 60-Watt light bulbs to energy-saving CFL ones will produce four times less greenhouse gas emissions;
-Taking the train rather than the car for a daily office commute of as little as 8 km will save a big 1.7 Kg of CO2;
-Shutting down your computer and flat screen both during lunch break and after working hours will cut CO2 emissions generated by these appliances by one-third; and
-Investing in a water-saving shower head will not only save 10 liters of water per minute, but will also slash CO2 emissions resulting from a three-minute hot shower by half.
– Studies indicate that if every airline passenger reduced to below 20Kg the weight of goods and items carried and bought what they needed on arrival at a duty-free lounge, this could cut global greenhouse gas emissions by two million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) a year.
These are simple things that if adopted can make a huge difference to the world around us without major changes to our lifestyle.