This year, why not turn your attention to those things you can do to improve your carbon footprint?
The mountains in which the world's 25 equatorial glaciers sit can be found in just six countries. For that reason, the team at 25zero has put together six achievable goals you can look towards this year to immediately reduce your carbon footprint.
Electricity is the largest contributor to your carbon footprint. In fact almost 40% of a country’s carbon emissions come from the electricity used to heat, cool and light buildings. The key things you can do are:
Use less electricity
Reduce your power usage and you save both money and the planet. This includes turning off lights, installing LED bulbs, better insulating your home and setting your air conditioner at between 20-22°C (68-71°F). When shopping for appliances look for the Energy Star rating. It will tell you which are the most efficient. Fridges use the most power in your home followed by things left on standby.
Choose green power
Contact your electricity provider to arrange for all of the electricity you consume to come from renewables. It’s easy and only takes a phone call.
Generate your own
Install solar panels and rainwater tanks on your home if finances allow. The return on investment for solar panels is surprisingly quick (as little as 2 years in some places).
You might even make a head start in becoming a leader in a global shift in how we produce energy. Microgrids and the sharing of power within communities has been heralded as the future of how power is produced. In Jeremy Rifkin's 2011 book The Third Industrial Revolution, the economic theorist touts this new form of energy production as an inevitable result of the union between new power generation (renewable energy) and a new form of communications: the internet. Through generating your own energy, you may soon find yourself a part of an interlinked community where power effectively becomes free.
Use less water
This not only helps our rivers but reduces carbon pollution, too. That’s because it takes a lot of energy to pump, heat, and treat your water. So take shorter showers, turn off the tap while brushing your teeth and, if finances allow, switch to water-efficient fixtures and appliances.