For the majority of people, the term ‘carbon footprint’ is one that is well known to them. However, do you actually know what it means?
What is a Carbon Footprint?
A carbon footprint is the over-riding term used to describe the overall amount of greenhouse gas emissions, consisting primarily of carbon dioxide, associated with an organization, event or production.
It is one of the most common measures of the effect of an individual, community, industry, or country on the environment. An increase in greenhouse gas emissions, and therefore in carbon footprint, is the primary event associated with climate change that has led to global warming.
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What is the Impact of an Increasing Carbon Footprint?
The impact of an increasing carbon footprint relates to the negative effect that it has on the environment. Rising temperatures and moving precipitation patterns are changing the growing patterns of plants and result in indigenous vegetation moving to increasingly cooler climates.
Sea levels are rising as the temperature of our planet increases–warmer water occupies more space than cooler water. Rising seas will not only erode shorelines and destroy ecosystems, coastal cities and towns could be displaced by rising seas.
For more about UK greenhouse gas emission stats – https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/uk-greenhouse-gas-emissions-statistics
Carbon Footprint and Human Health
Our increased carbon footprint has the capacity to harm our health. Most at risk are women in agricultural work and children. According to the World Health Organization, climate change is projected to increase the percentage of people in Mali suffering from hunger from 34 percent to at least 64 percent 40 years from now.
An increase in malnutrition is caused by the result of climate change on food crops, such as drought that interferes with the growing season. Drought also causes diarrheal diseases as access to safe water is compromised. Vector-borne diseases such as malaria are increasing as the temperature increase allows malarious mosquitoes to survive in countries previously too cool for them. Lastly, increased air pollution has caused an increase in respiratory problems as asthma and allergies have increased.
Carbon Footprint and Economic Losses
The threat posed by our increasing carbon footprint on the economy is significant. Climate change will affect local economies dependent on land and natural resources the most, such as farms that fall victim to lowered crop yields. For example, according to the Nature Conservancy, economic losses due to our increasing carbon footprint and the resulting climate change has threatened the lobster industry in New England as catches have plummeted. In addition, the increase in ocean temperatures is threatening the survival of coral reefs, a $375 billion per year industry.
What Have We Done To Reduce Our Carbon Footprint?
We have worked with the Woodland Trust to create 225m2 of new native woodland. In time this will absorb at least 9 tonnes of carbon dioxide, helping with our strategy to mitigate our carbon footprint.
For more on what this entails, please visit the Investors in the Environment website via the following link – http://www.iie.uk.com/nottinghamshire-and-derbyshire/latest-news/wf-glazing-protection-ltd-offsetting-carbon-emissions-with-woodland-trust-partnership