Let’s start with a question: why is carbon so bad? After all, pure carbon is what makes diamonds. And nobody seems to be upset that diamonds exist. Carbon is also the multi-use stuff that builds our bodies (in fact, all life as we know it is carbon-based). The graphite in your pencil? Loosely packed carbon. It’s also in the cellulose that we use to make natural clothing. And that’s kind of a good thing, isn’t it?
The problem isn’t carbon. The problem is what we do with it. Alone, carbon can sparkle like a diamond or give us a pencil to write with. And we give our thanks. But release it into the atmosphere where it can bind freely with other atoms, and we create a thicker and warmer atmosphere soup that contributes to global warming. But what can we do about it that won’t cost us an individual fortune? Perhaps you’ve already asked yourself will woke make you broke? Today, we’re going to take a closer look at lifestyle and transport.
Reduce, reuse, recycle
You may have already heard of reduce, reuse, recycle. There are actually 5 Rs in the list, but it doesn’t sound as catchy when you list them all. The other two are refuse and rot. See. Told you it wasn’t as easy on the ear. Refuse simply means to head towards zero waste wherever possible (unlike reduce, which means to buy less), and rot means, well, that no garden is complete with a compost heap.
The 5 Rs of ethical living can give you greater spending power in the long run, whilst ultimately helping to offset your carbon footprint. Even something as simple as taking your reusable shopping bags to the supermarket (for a change, instead of buying new ones every time!), can have an impact where a significant number of people all take the time to pitch in. Plus, over the course of a year, ten shopping bags per week will cost you … enough to fund a treat night with the family? A sobering thought.
Dust off your bike
Another way to begin living more ethically without costing yourself a small fortune in the process is to move all boxes in the garage and dig out your old bike. With a little care and attention, your pedal bike will be up and running in no time.
Now, there are times and places for bikes. Freezing cold winter mornings with rain, snow, and hail coming in sideways don’t exactly scream out as being the most suitable conditions for your commute. Also, if you do need to stock up on everything from cereal to sofas, your push bike probably isn’t the best way to get your purchases from A to B.
But could you cycle to see your friends? Could you bike your way to the office over the summer? Is there a suitable cycle route you could take to your weekend hobby?
Switch your four wheels for two person-powered tyres and reduce your carbon footprint and improve your health all while saving money on fuel.