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This paper examines in detail the impact of our lifestyles on the environment, with a focus on how individuals can calculate their personal carbon footprint and impact change on the planet's health. The paper addresses current environmental concerns, such as climate change, and how our greenhouse gases have influenced this phenomenon. The paper continues by showing how individuals can reduce their carbon footprint, and presents these in a detailed list format. Primary and secondary carbon footprints are defined, with options presented as to how to reduce both. The paper concludes by stating that if everyone does their part to reduce their own carbon footprint it will benefit the entire planet in the long run.
From the Paper:"To calculate a personal carbon footprint, you need to know what emissions to include and what to exclude. You use miles traveled, distances, electricity usage, gas usage, kilowatt hours, and type of automobile you drive. These things will give you a good sense of your personal footprint. But in order to get a completely accurate picture you must also include your lifestyle which has an impact on the amount of greenhouse gas you produce. One example that you might take into account would be the amount of greenhouse gas that is released as a result of food production. If you partake in a meat diet the amounts of greenhouse gases are far more than if you are vegetarian."
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Pollution and Carbon Footprints (2010, December 25) Retrieved April 20, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/descriptive-essay/pollution-and-carbon-footprints-146351/
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