The Carbon Footprint as a tool to fight against climate change

The Carbon Footprint as a tool to fight against climate change

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What is the carbon footprint?

The carbon footprint is the amount of emissions, of greenhouse gases (GHG), that humans produce according to their consumption and day-to-day habits or when manufacturing any product.

Basically, it is what each of us pollutes and can be measured in tons of CO2.

What is the relationship between the carbon footprint, climate change and global warming?

To understand climate change and global warming, it is necessary to start by defining the greenhouse effect.

The greenhouse effect is a phenomenon in which the heat radiation from the planet’s surface is absorbed by gases from the atmosphere, and is emitted again in all directions, it is harmful to the planet and to all life on it.

As CO2 is the gas that has increased its emissions the most since the industrial revolution, especially due to the burning of fossil fuels caused by human activity, global warming occurs: an increase in the temperature of the atmosphere and the oceans.

As for climate change, it is the result of a series of climatic changes. In other words, it is the result of global warming and has multiple negative consequences on physical, biological and human systems, among other effects.

Impact of carbon emissions

Taking the car to go to work or turning on the air conditioning (if you do not use 100% renewable energy) are just some of the daily activities that generate polluting gas emissions into the atmosphere. And we are reaching levels that in other times caused mass extinctions. According to the scientists, we are going towards the VI mass extinction of species and the name “climate change” has been renamed “Climate Crisis”.

For example, the accumulation of carbon dioxide that causes the acidification of the oceans affects marine biodiversity. According to experts from the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), 33% of coral reefs and more than a third of marine mammals are in danger of extinction.

Likewise, the increase in sea level, due to the thaw and reduction of frozen masses threaten the coastal areas.

That is how important it is to know what exactly the carbon footprint is, and how urgent it is to reduce it and compensate it as much as possible, starting with each one of us in our daily lives and habits.

Likewise, the increase in sea level, due to the thaw and reduction of frozen masses threaten the coastal areas.

Offset your carbon footprint

The world needs small gestures that can change everything.

In the next articles we will talk about different actions that we can take on a day-to-day basis to reduce or offset our carbon footprint.