Carbon Offsetting is the counteracting of carbon dioxide emissions with an equivalent reduction of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Everyone in the modern world has some sort of carbon footprint. Some bigger than others but if you're reading this post then the likelihood is that yours is fairly substantial.
Why do we need to offset the amount of Carbon Dioxide we emit? Carbon Dioxide emissions is the leading cause of climate change which in turn leads to the melting of the ice caps, rise in sea levels and changes in where different species of plants and animals can live. This can and will wipe out whole species. There are some things you can do from your own home TODAY to offset your own carbon footprint.
Lower water usage
Take shorter showers and invest in water saving pumps and taps. Thames Water will send you water saving devices for free! When you boil your kettle make sure it is only filled to the amount of water you need.
Cut down on beef and dairy
It takes a lot of resources to raise cows for beef and dairy. Buying beef from somewhere like Brazil where the land they graze on has been deforested is especially problematic. Deforestation is a top contributor to carbon emissions and thus climate change.
Turn your lights off!
Start buying energy efficient bulbs and make sure the only lights that are on are the ones you need. If you can afford it, go the extra mile and invest in some solar panels for your roof to power your home.
Find an alternative to driving. Ideally you should walk, run or cycle to work but carpooling or taking public transport reduces a persons carbon emissions substantially.
Make a change today. Our earth is a living organism and we are slowly destroying it. Support clean energy sources whenever you can and advocate for clean alternatives to fossil fuels, such as wind, solar and geothermal energy.