Carbon footprint can be defined as the total greenhouse emissions in the form of carbon dioxide and methane emitted by an individual, community or an organisation.
Some examples of emissions that add up to the carbon footprint are vehicular and aviation emissions, emissions from power and food consumption, manufacturing, deforestation, etc.
There are ways to reduce carbon footprints. The foremost way is to reduce plastic usage and to reuse and recycle plastics wherever possible. By choosing cycling, walking or carpooling as means of transportation also helps reduce carbon footprints. The Kyoto Protocol of 1997 established standards for countries to limit their industrial greenhouse gas emissions. From the Kyoto Protocol, emerged the concept of carbon credits. One carbon credit signifies that the holder of that one credit has the right to emit 1 tonne of carbon dioxide or an equivalent amount of other greenhouse gases.
Another way to reduce carbon footprint or more specifically offset carbon footprints is tree plantation. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and therefore help clean up the air thereby offsetting carbon. This can be done by setting up plantation drives in urban and industrial areas. Individuals, communities and organisations can take up such initiatives to offset their carbon footprints and take a leap towards sustainability.
Through the Earth5R app, you have this opportunity. Plant saplings in your locality, and partake in an ‘Urban Plantation Drive.’
Earth5R will not only share your valuable survey readings within your community, but also inform your local government, and push for change. Thus, you will directly impact the noise pollution in your locality, and improve the well-being of your community.
Download Earth5R – Your environmental app, and spread sustainability in your locality!