WebStamp December 17, 2016
Global warming seems to be upon us. We have been warned for years that we need to reduce our ecological footprint to help save the planet. President Obama has the right idea by using renewable energy, and I laugh at the senator that stated “We don’t need to anything now, because it’s not affecting us now”. The disasters seem to be getting worse. I am sure that some of the climate change is due to normal evolution of the planet, however the human race is a big contributor to a large portion of the change.
Calgarians can do their part to preserve the planet for our children. We can look at the ecological footprint that we are leaving and look at ways to even reduce it more. There are even an organizations, such as the Global Footprint Network, where you can find out the ecological footprint you are leaving in Calgary with the Footprint Network Organization calculators. See how you compare to the average Calgarian.
There are actually two parts to look at when judging your foot print. You lifestyle influences directly a good portion thereof, such as are you vegan or carnivorous and how much of your food is processed or natural and where your products come from. Your transportation choice on whether you drive always or take public transportation determines the amount of energy used to get around. Using public transportation or green alternatives such as bicycling not only helps reduce consumption, but also reduces pollution making the environment cleaner for all.
Reducing the amount energy we consume also needs to be considered in our ecological footprint. Most of our energy is generated by fossil fuels, which in turn emit carbon-dioxide which is harmful to our environment.
Decreasing the pollution we create is a big step into reducing our ecological footprint. A more indirect action is required if we are to succeed at living within the means of the planet. By working together towards large-scale social change in green technology and innovation with the many green organizations participating with political engagement we can all help to preserve the planet for future generations.
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