A Going Green Evaluation

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A Going Green Evaluation

Christopher Lewis

ENG102 - Composition II

Colorado State University - Global Campus

Dr. Jill Hawkins

May 4, 2014

A Going Green Evaluation

Most individuals use energy by commuting, household activities, or normal actions like eating. The term "going green" is generally known for knowledge and practices people use that can lead to more environmentally friendly decisions. The biggest stumbling block for going green is that most people don't think their actions will make any difference to save the planet. Also many people are unaware of the environmental impact of the things they are buying. Consumers should act decisively to mitigate the impact of climate change and not rely on the government or corporations to be the only ones making the decisions. Some green steps individuals should practice daily are monitoring their carbon footprint, being energy efficient, and recycling.

Monitoring their Carbon Footprint

A carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide that is emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels by an individual. Individuals produce carbon footprint through their home usage and also transportation they use to travel. Consumers should know their carbon footprint to have a better understanding of how it impacts the environment. In 2009, the United Kingdom (UK) created a plan to transform their country into a cleaner, greener, and more prosperous place to live by reducing carbon and keeping the overall impact on the consumer to a minimum (M2PressWIRE, 2009). There is a website in the UK, carboncalculator.direct.gov.uk, which can calculate an estimation of a person's carbon footprint they produce each year. Steps individuals should take to reduce their carbon footprint will include insulating their home, using energy-efficient appliances, and turning off electronics from the wall when not in...