How to shrink your environmental footprint

Over time, even the small steps add up and can truly help reduce your environmental footprint

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. Jan. 7, 2017/ Troy Media/ – Before you can shrink your environmental footprint, you first have to understand just what environmental footprint means. It is a calculation that shows the amount of natural resources that are being used up by the inhabitants of the planet. Each of us produces our own environmental footprint and we are the only ones who can make sure that our own is as small as possible.

You Can Save The Trees

One way to reduce the size of your environmental footprint is to [popup url=”” height=”1000″ width=”1200″ scrollbars=”1″]recycle[/popup] as much as possible. You can recycle glass, aluminum, and paper. The more paper you recycle, the less need there is to go into already depleting forests to cut down some more trees. You can also do your part to cut down on the size of the landfills, or at least prevent them from getting any larger, by recycling plastic.

You Can Help The Atmosphere By Reducing Your Electrical Usage

The less energy you consume, the less energy your local electrical company must produce. This means that they are not going to put as many toxins into the environment. By taking advantage of shopping around for the best utility provider, you are also helping to keep the deregulation of the utility companies in place. When the [popup url=”” height=”1000″ width=”1200″ scrollbars=”1″]energy providers[/popup] have to deal with competition, they will be encouraged to develop better power sources. Such sources may include wind, solar, and hydropower.

The World Is Changing

It is possible that you have heard a lot of people deny climate change. However, between the polarization and the [popup url=”” height=”1000″ width=”1200″ scrollbars=”1″]increase of emissions[/popup], something is happening and it is not a good thing. And believing that you, as an individual, cannot make a big difference could not be further from the truth. You will want to make sure that you are doing everything that you can in order to reduce the emissions that you are putting out there.

Living a minimalist lifestyle is a great place to start. This means you will want to live in a small home, as it would not take as much to heat and brighten. You will also want to try keeping as many electronics off as possible. It is one thing to sneak a peek at your newest social media postings, but you do not want to have multiple televisions, stereos, game systems, and phones plugged in and using up electrical juice. You can also do little things such as using candle light at night instead of electrical power. You can make your own clothes instead of spending money on clothing that, when produced, poured toxins into our environment.

In other words, you need to make sure you are finally putting your foot down and that you are making changes starting today. Don’t wait for next week. Don’t wait for tomorrow. Make them today and make them count. This means that you will want to sit down with a pen and paper and write down all of the various ways that you will be able to make a difference.

Over time, even the small steps add up and can truly help reduce your environmental footprint. Before you know it, you may find that you have friends and family members who will want to learn about their environmental footprints. The more people who start making changes the merrier. Eventually, everyone will be able to understand how to easily they can reduce their environmental footprint to ensure that we keep our planet safe.

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