A significant proportion of our lifestyle decisions are made at home. Therefore, it is extremely important to educate people about green and eco-friendly choices which can be easily implemented in their households. From something as simple as recycling and meatless Mondays, to going completely zero-waste and adopting veganism, individuals can drastically reduce our collective carbon footprint. ESIC 2020 seeks to provide its participants with strategies on how to initiate change from the comfort of their homes.
The impact of agriculture, a category that includes everything from growing lettuce to raising livestock, is tricky to express because the gasses produced — mostly methane and nitrous oxide — have much more warming potential than carbon dioxide but also dissipate more quickly. According to the latest thinking, though, farming is responsible for the equivalent of 574 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States each year and 56 million metric tons in Canada.
That’s about 8 percent of each country’s total greenhouse gas emissions.
- The New York Times, 2018