Many people feel compelled to reduce their impact on the planet because of the catastrophic effects of climate change. One of the strategies is to reduce the carbon footprint. The carbon footprint is the measure of the total emissions of all greenhouse gases through your actions, not only by driving cars or by using electricity, but also by lifestyle choices, such as which clothes you wear and what you eat.
Although there are many ways to reduce the footprint, you can make a good start with changes in your food choice. Some studies show that a shift from the Western diet to more sustainable patterns could reduce greenhouse gas and water consumption by 70 and 50 per cent, respectively. Below are discussed seven simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint through food and lifestyle choices.
7. Stop Wasting Food
Food waste is a significant factor in greenhouse gas emissions. This is because methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is emitted during the decomposition of discarded food in landfills. Measured over 100 years, it is estimated that methane has 34 times more impact on global warming than carbon dioxide.
It is currently estimated that per person on this planet, we waste an astonishing 195-389 kg of food per year on average. Reducing food waste is one of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Planning your meals, storing leftovers, and only buying what you need is going to a long way toward less waste.