Campaigning for a greener planet has been in action for many years, the threat of global warming has been in the news for many years, and programmes to reduce harmful greenhouse gases has been a main topic of debate since I can remember, but with the real issue of climate change being very much upon us now, have we done enough to make a difference or as usual have we blown lots of hot air ranting about the subject and yet, left it too late?
In recent times the government has seemingly taken positive steps forward to impose regulations in order to control levels of CO2 emitted from industry and transport, in line with climate change legislation, this in the main has been aimed at business stressing a corporate responsibility for a Greener Approach.
But nowadays carbon management schemes and programmes are something that we all should be aware of as individuals, not only business, we need to make a difference for future generations and preserve the planets resources.
We are all very good at laying blame on the doorstep of the industrial super powers such as America, Britain and Russia for causing this problem, which to a certain extent is true, but essentially we all need to step up to the mark and take a look at our social responsibility to conserve energy and reduce our carbon footprint for the generations to come.
Implementing our own domestic carbon management programme should be quite easy; most of the issues which should be addressed are more about disciplining ourselves to do simple things such as recycling. The strange thing is our mentality towards reducing our carbon footprint, we half heartedly take part because we know we should, but do we all do our bit?
If we sit down and think about not only the impact our role plays within the environment, but the fact that many of the issues which need addressing could actually save us money, we should all participate as standard.
Simple tasks which we could do on a daily basis to reduce our carbon footprint and save us money are, switching lights off, there is no point in lighting a room which no-one is in, or leaving an outside light on when we are snuggly inside, changing normal light bulbs for new energy saving bulbs, it might cost a little more to start with but the savings will be there in the long run.
Turning all appliances off, this means turning them off at the socket, not turning the appliance off but leaving it on standby, if you're the little light on your appliance is still glowing, your appliance is still on!
Make sure your home is properly insulated, this can be done by having loft and cavity wall insulation, and double glazing fitted, by insulating your home you keep the heat where you want it rather than heating the atmosphere, turning your thermostat down a couple of degrees will also save energy bills.
Recycling cans, paper, cardboard, plastics, glass, most of us have a council recycling collection day, which makes this job easier, but most of us will live near to recycling bins which take many of these items, we can also recycle clothing and shoes. Most of us could reduce our landfill rubbish by half simply by recycling.
Another way of reducing our carbon footprint when we are out and about is to lift share, if more than one person is heading to the same destination, why take more than one car? Jump in together, not only does this reduce harmful emissions it also cuts fuel consumption and fuel bills. Walk to work, if you live close by why not use your legs instead of starting your car? Or if you have a direct access to public transport, use it. If you have to use your car, drive sensibly and make sure your tyres are correctly inflated, these two steps can reduce your yearly fuel consumption considerably.
All of these aspects of carbon management are little things, but if we all participated as much as we possibly could these little things become big things and that's when change happens. The effects of climate change may already be happening but taking part now could slow the process.
Anna Stenning researches the benefits of implementing a domestic carbon management programme to reduce our household carbon footprint.