How to reduce your carbon footprint

The scale at which we’re pumping out CO2 is alarming, and it is all serving to trap heat on the planet and fuel climate change. Fortunately, there are small, easy steps everyone can take to reduce their personal carbon footprint.

Plant something

One of the easiest ways to take care of the planet is to plant a tree or garden. Whether you live in a house or an apartment, planting some greens is a quick and easy way to reduce your carbon footprint. Cities tend to be hotter than rural areas because of vast pavement areas, concrete buildings, and increased human activity. Creating more spaces for plants, grasses, and trees can help with the worsening climate change.

Stop Eating (or Eat Less) Meat

Food is among your household’s largest sources of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions. Meat, has the largest carbon footprint, accounting for nearly 50% of all greenhouse gases(GHG) from food consumption. Beef, in particular, has one of the largest carbon footprints of all meat, while poultry is among the lowest. Vast tracts of land are cleared to make way for grazing land for livestock. Livestock production contributes 14.5% to 18% of all GHG emissions. A vegetarian diet is one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint when it comes to food consumption. If you’re not quite ready to adopt a completely vegetarian diet, eating one or two vegetarian meals each week can help.

Ride a bike

A bike is a worthwhile investment even if it can’t replace your car completely. For shorter trips, it is a great way to be gentle on the environment while saving fuel money, getting a workout and reducing your carbon footprint. Many people are opting to bike to work, especially with bike lanes becoming more prevalent. Choose to walk or bike and you’ll be making an easy decision with immediate results.

Drive less or…

The distance you drive matters. Reducing the mileage of the average new car from 15,000 to 10,000 miles a year will save more than a tonne of CO2, about 15% of the average person’s footprint. Traditional cars put out a lot of exhaust, which pollutes the air. In fact, vehicles produce one-third of all air pollution. The toxins emitted by vehicles are also very dangerous for human health, considering the tailpipes are at street level where humans can breathe the air directly into their lungs.

…hail a NopeaRide.

Increasing populations have made effective public transportation more necessary than ever, and options like subways, trains, buses, and rapid transit continue to grow. Another option is driving electric vehicles(EV) or better yet using EVs for public transportation. NopeaRide is the first ever full electric mobility service in East Africa.

Nopea’s electric cars are eco-friendly on the road and also low in life cycle carbon footprint. In total, batteries of electric vehicles can be used for about 10-15 years and even after the power capacity of the batteries declines for driving purpose, they can still be used for years for example as home energy storage. Reduce your carbon footprint by hailing a Nopea ride.