Most of us do the best we can to reduce our carbon footprint by recycling more, taking more public transportation, or using less electricity to heat and cool our homes.
Environmental experts agree that reducing the amount of waste we produce is the best way to help our planet. But there are many additional steps we can take.
This year, we are bringing and taking reusable or paper bags to and from stores, after legislation was passed banning the use of carryout plastic bags. This means less waste is ending up in our landfills, waterways and landscapes.
But what else can we do to help protect the Earth we all share? From our Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control experts, Outdoor Delaware has compiled a list of some of the best ways to reduce our carbon footprint – one step at a time.
We should all do our best to recycle the waste we produce, reusing our shopping bags is a good place to start.
Got questions about what can and cannot be recycled? Use our new Recyclopedia – it’s easy, thorough and quick.
Since energy production still relies heavily on the burning of fossil fuels that generate harmful greenhouse gases, using less energy means less greenhouse gas enters the atmosphere. Most vehicles also run on fossil fuels, which produce more pollution and generate greenhouse gases. Each one of us can take steps to reduce the amount of energy we consume. You can also:
Water is a finite resource and many of us use too much on a daily basis. Here’s how you can reduce that amount:
When you go outside for a walk, hike or a run, the last thing you want to see is trash spoiling vistas, roadways, woodlands, rivers and streams. Here are some actions you can take:
Using and buying locally-made items and food helps the environment by cutting down on transportation, a leading contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. It also helps your local economy by supporting businesses in your neighborhood. So shop locally – buy from local businesses. Eat locally-produced food items from farmers markets. And buy Delaware-caught or raised seafood.
Perhaps most importantly, share these tips with your neighbors and community groups, as well as any other steps you are taking to decrease your carbon footprint.
It’s our planet and taking care of it is our responsibility.