Carbon emissions are everywhere. Including in the air we breathe and exhale, the products we buy daily. Even in the food we eat.
Another shocking thing is that even we human beings are made up of carbon. Hence every individual contributes to the carbon footprint in their environment one way or the other.
The issue of carbon emission is something everyone needs to be aware of. That way there can be a conscious effort to mitigate it.
Carbon emission is responsible for climate change which has now made this matter a global issue.
The more people are aware of what impact carbon emission has on the environment. The more responsible they will be in making efforts to limit their carbon footprint.
This article is dedicated to highlighting ways in which we can make a positive difference. Through the reduction of carbon emissions.
Carbon is the most common element on earth, it is considered the basis for life as it is in the crop we grow, and the air we breathe, and it is a part of our chemical makeup as human beings.
When we mention carbon emission, carbon dioxide is the main focus as it is the most common emission around. It is released into the airspace naturally and by other human activities.
The exchange of carbon dioxide between the atmosphere and the ocean accounts for the largest source of natural carbon emissions.
Both plants and animals emit carbon dioxide, through the respiratory process (breathing in oxygen and breathing out carbon dioxide).
Also, when animals and plants decompose, the organisms in the soil respire, generating energy and emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in the process.
Naturally, these emissions are put in check by balancing the emissions. Oceans absorb as much carbon dioxide as they emit, and plants absorb carbon dioxide through the process of photosynthesis.
Carbon cycles through water, air, and soil in a process that ensures that the earth is sustained and life is preserved.
Additionally the roles nature and humans play in the balancing of the ecosystem are different. Human activities like refining, extraction, burning of fossil fuels, and transportation.
They release a significant amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the environment.
Although there are other greenhouse gases like methane and nitrogen but CO2 is the major greenhouse gas emission that absorbs radiation and also prevents heat from leaving the atmosphere.
Additionally this excess heat is responsible for the imbalance in weather conditions resulting in climate change and increased global temperature.
There are only two solutions to carbon dioxide emission; you can either find a way to reduce your carbon footprint or offset it.
Additionally lowering your carbon footprint requires a change of lifestyle. This may include eating less meat, biking instead of driving, buying fewer items, and embracing energy-efficient solutions.
For companies, the need to switch to renewable sources of energy, make use of materials that are not made from petroleum, and reduce production stages among others.
Additionally carbon offset can be done through a process referred to as sequestration. Sequestration is the process of negating or canceling the carbon emitted.