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We are being advised to reduce our carbon footprint. Discuss the significance of this for the individual and for industry.

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We are being advised to reduce our carbon footprint. Discuss the significance of this for the individual and for industry. What is a carbon footprint for an individual? 1 "A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment, and in particular climate change. It relates to the amount of greenhouse gases produced in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating and transportation etc. The carbon footprint is a measurement of all greenhouse gases we individually produce and has units of tonnes (or kg) of carbon dioxide equivalent." basically everything we do in our day to day lives affects our carbon footprint from sending a text message to driving a car, and it is starting to take its toll on the world. Why should you bother trying to reduce your carbon footprint? The answer to this is quite simple if you don't bother trying to reduce our carbon footprint the CO2 will build up in the atmosphere and the earth will heat up, causing all sorts of problems from ice caps melting to diseases being able to thrive in places that they couldn't live before, eventually causing life on earth to change altogether. 2 "Our industrial society is producing greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, which trap heat in the earth's atmosphere, which causes global warming or climate change as it's become known more recently. ...read more.

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4 "3gs CO2e very lightweight variety, 10g CO2e standard disposable supermarket bag, 50g CO2e heavyweight, reusable variety. So that's 2.5kg per year if you use five standard bags per week: about the same as a large cheeses burger." Ok plastic bags don't make a big impact but think of how many people the world over do their shopping everyday and if each person gets on average 5 disposable bags then that is going to cause a problem, the best idea is to buy a bag for life that you will see now in most grocery shops now or try to reuse the plastic bags you get at least 5 times or better still until they fall apart. Also the packages some of the food may come in can be recycled it may take up a bit of your but jus by putting your tins, cardboard, plastic and glass bottles in your recycling bin your reducing your carbon footprint. Everyday more people are recycling and Recycling centres are popping up all over the place and making more jobs as well. Do you drive? Most people don't think twice about jumping into the car even just to go two minutes to the shop. 5 "an average car uses 710 CO2e. If your annual distance was 9000 miles you would be using between 3-20% of the 10-tonne lifestyle". ...read more.

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Some of the things in this service will include suggesting that the suppliers use plastic boxes that can be returned and used again to deliver goods meaning less waste. Suggest that the company use local suppliers to buy products from which have will have less CO2 as they have travelled less. Try to use less packaging in their product. Go paperless 11 "computer systems can archive documents and send invoices by email. Not only does this save on ink and paper, but also the emissions caused by transporting documents and the energy used to keep archive rooms warm and lit". Kit out the office with intellipanels. 12 "Intellipanels automatically shut down monitors and printers once a pc has been shut down. This helps save energy when employees forget to turn them off at the end of the day." Although there are still some people who don't believe carbon foot printing is a big dead. There is quite a lot of evidence to say that it is and that it is having a knock on effect to our planet Not only should you as an individual do your best to reduce the CO2 gases but the industry must do their part as well. Through doing all the above and being consistent with it you should have empowered yourself by learning how to reduce your carbon footprint through recycling and buying local produce and should feel a better person for helping the planet you live on. ...read more.

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