What is climate change?
Since the industrial revolution humankind has emitted ever increasing amounts
of CO², altering the composition of the atmosphere and leading to an
imbalance in the protective blanket around the planet. This imbalance increases
the average temperature of the Earth's atmosphere leading to human-induced climate
change. This could cause devastating effects on the natural ecosystems and people
around the world.
To stop this spiraling out of control, we must radically reduce
emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. What is CO² CO² is the chemical symbol for carbon dioxide and occurs naturally in the atmosphere acting as a protective blanket for the Earth. CO² is also one of the main greenhouse gases causing climate change.
Burning fossil fuels (such as coal, oil and gas) to produce heat and energy releases long trapped CO² back into the atmosphere. Burning wood for fuel also releases CO² but this would normally be part of a naturally balanced cycle if replacement trees were planted to 'absorb' the released CO² .
What is your carbon footprint? Your carbon footprint is a way of measuring the impact you have on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases your daily activities produce and is a good starting point in reducing your carbon emissions.