Greetings Ocean Guardians! Here at Bodhi, we are excitedly imagining all the cool videos we will receive for this year’s Ocean Guardian Contest! Last time, we discussed volunteering and attending public meetings to protect the earth for generations to come. We will put the focus back on ourselves and our day-to-day lives, and especially at home! In order to become solution-makers and energy-savers, we have laid out some advice for you Ocean Guardians that can enhance the feeling of connection to Mother Earth! We suggest you first become aware of your carbon footprint, then take that first step to reducing your consumption.
For over a century, human-sourced carbon emissions have been steadily rising due mainly to burning fossil fuels. These are the fuels that we most commonly use, like heat, electricity, and power for transportation. While they allow for us to live more comfortable lifestyles on land, burning these fuels also emits carbon dioxide into our air which later gets absorbed into the ocean. This leads to what scientists call “ocean acidification”: increased CO2 emissions which are absorbed by the ocean and which cause its pH level to become more acidic. As Ocean Guardians, we need to prevent this process to protect marine ecosystems and the planet as a whole.
In order to make a change, it’s important to first identify what needs to be changed. In this case, we must learn more about our person carbon and which area of our lives have the greatest negative impact. Then, we can make identify lifestyle changes that could help take action and reduce consumption. Use one of the calculators below!
Reduce electricity consumption
We all enjoy living comfortably — stepping out of a hot shower into a warm room in the middle of winter is definitely preferable to a cold shower followed by frozen hair, or no shower at all. But using too much energy in our homes can be detrimental to the environment. Electricity is the primary source of energy that powers our homes. And about 67% of electrical energy comes from fossil fuels, this includes coal, natural gas, and petroleum. These sources of electricity are not sustainable long-term, especially if we do not use the energy responsibly. As alternative sources of energy become more accessible (technologically and financially speaking), it is important for each of us to make use of energy more responsibly. There are so many resources that can assist you in being apart of the solution in ways that don’t even cost money!
6 tips to reduce daily electricity consumption
1. Replace incandescent light bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) light bulbs
2. Put electronic devices on a power strip and cut the power to the strip when devices are not in use
3. Properly set your computer’s power management
4. Use a programmable thermostat
5. Ensure your house is properly air sealed and insulated
6. Replace old appliances with newer, more energy-efficient appliances
Do your part!
Take a moment to imagine if every single person in the world left their lights on 24/7 and ran their heat all year long. As time goes on, populations will increase and resources will become scarcer. It is crucial that as global citizens, we take responsibility for our footprint and try our best to reduce it. A great place to start making simple changes is in your home and we want you as Ocean Guardians to hold hope that your changes will keep the planet healthy.
Written by Kerry Dunn