What is a carbon footprint?
We all want to protect our planet. It’s the only one we’ve got! A “carbon footprint” is the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels by a person, business, or organization. You can use this calculator to find out just how much of a carbon footprint your lifestyle or business creates. It’s not just vehicles and airplanes causing carbon emissions, our everyday habits really add up. By now, we know a few methods of reducing our carbon footprint.
Shop local and eat more plants.
The less distance your groceries had to travel from the farm to your table, the happier the planet is! Look up local farmers markets and get on a meal planning schedule to reduce waste. Even eating a few more veggies a week is enough to make a difference. Also, eat seasonally. If you eat strawberries in the spring, and squashes in the winter chances are they didn’t have to travel as far to get to your plate. Another idea is to get local produce delivered to your door, although unaffordable for the majority of us a new company called Imperfect Produce just started up which is considerably less expensive, so what if your apple is shaped like a pear!
Meat, cheese, and eggs have the highest carbon footprint. The meat and dairy industry contribute 20%-50% of greenhouse gas emissions. Adopting a plant-based diet is the single most effective way to reducing one's carbon footprint and save some $ while you are about it!
Get out of the car.
Cities like Copenhagen, New York, and Amsterdam are famous for having excellent public transit systems. Getting on the train, bus or subway for your daily commute is a great way to reduce carbon from a single-rider car. Amsterdam goes one step farther by boasting more bicycles than people in the city! Mega green points. Although thousands of us Angelinos take public transportation everyday, others have never considered taking the bus or subway to work or to run errands. If the latter sounds like you, then consider the financial and environmental perks of catching a ride on one of L.A.’s many bus and train lines.
Hire and work locally
You can make a big difference by helping those around you. Hiring and working locally helps to reduce cars on the road, and promotes a stronger sense of community. This is our core value at The Urban Helper: to connect communities and take care of our planet. Join our mission by signing up at The Urban Helper and hiring your next service provider from your own neighborhood.