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The Great Green Debate

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The Great Green Debate Do you think it is possible to keep our standard of living and lower our carbon footprint? A carbon footprint is a "measure of the impact human activities have on the environment in a certain area in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide". The UK's carbon footprint is over 500 million tonnes of CO2 per year, Individuals account for 45% of this. Our carbon footprint to get here today was 2.81 kg. We desperately need to think of ways to reduce this. Standard of living is the level of material comfort as measured by the goods, services, and luxuries available to an individual, group, or nation. And in this instance, it is the individual in the county of Wiltshire. Awareness is the first step of reducing our carbon footprint, but there are other simple suggestions that you can consider to reduce your own. We will inform you of those suggestions in this speech. Not only will these ways reduce your carbon footprint, it will sustain and potentially improve your standard of living. These will allow you to have a healthier life in a cleaner environment with less expensive bills. ...read more.


'Green electricity'' means electricity produced from sources which do not cause these impacts upon the environment. Of course, every type of electricity generation will have some impact, but some sources are much greener than others. The cleanest energy sources are those which utilise the natural energy flows of the Earth. These are usually known as renewable energy sources such as hydro electricity, wind power, solar power, wave power, tidal power, geothermal and biomass because they will never run out. Not only will it improves your own standard and greatly reducing your carbon foot, but will substantially improve and maintain further generation's standard of living. 3. Use energy efficient light bulbs The latest high performance energy efficient and long life light bulbs are incredible. They come in every shape and size, including exact replicas of the old fashioned bulb. Each one saves at least �25 over their life and cost about �2.50. They do not flicker, they come in soft-tone, they start up instantly and they look cool. Each bulb you use saves at least 100 kg of CO2. By changing every light bulb in your houseyou will notice the electricity bill drop- what a change! From doing this, it will NOT in any way affect your standard of living - but significantly improve it! ...read more.


Combine two trips. If you go far-flung on holidays do it less often. 9. Take a holiday in the UK You deserve a break, so take one. Without getting on a plane. Millions of people visit our country every year for their holiday. Why not do the same and get to know your homeland better? You will be helping our economy, too. 10. Get radical Once you have done all the basics, start to think about what the sun and wind could do for you. Install a solar panel or a wind turbine. My solar panel saves me well over �100 a year and a tonne of CO2. Want county council to plant more trees. One of te biggest aspects of modern ecological life is the technology we use to conserve energy. This can range from small things, like energy efficient light bulbs, turning down your heating by only one degree, basic insulation such as double glazing to buying a solar panel set or small wind turbine - it all makes a very large difference. The investment does not need to be larg; it can just be the small amount of time it takes to turn your heating down and to turn off your computer and light switch. It literally takes 5 seconds. From doing this, it can make a huge different to not only the environment, but to your energy bill too. ...read more.

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