While companies, institutions and cities often get the most credit for their innovative sustainability solutions, they’re not the only ones that can take action.
Individuals also play an important role in the fight against climate change – after all, there’s a carbon footprint associated with almost everything we do. Driving to your workplace, heating your home, even eating a meal are all associated with a specific environmental impact. The average carbon footprint of a Canadian is usually between 15 and 20 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, depending on the individual’s lifestyle.
So what can you do?
- Most individuals today are more conscious of their carbon footprint than ever before, and their small changes are adding up to big improvements. What changes do we most often talk to individuals about?
- Try out Transit: One of the greatest barriers to taking transit is an unfamiliarity with your local transit system. Take a look at your local transit webpage’s trip-planning tool, and take a ride on
an off-peak time so that you can ask the driver and fellow passengers questions. Prioritize Waste Diversion: Make waste diversion easy at home – purchase right-sized recycling
containers, compostable organic waste pails, and be sure to check your municipality’s solid waste webpage for accepted materials. As a goal, try recycle or compost at least 50% of the
waste you generate at home.
- Measure your Impacts: Sometimes the greatest challenge to sustainability is understanding what your greatest impact area is. Try out our easy to use calculators to get started and see where you can make measurable improvements.
What role do offsets play?
At Carbonzero, our approach is to measure, manage, and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. After understanding your footprint and making small changes to your lifestyle, carbon offsets help mitigate for the emissions that cannot be easily reduced. By purchasing carbon offsets to mitigate your lifestyle’s unavoidable emissions, you too can Live Neutral.