Pune: While the entire world is going hullaboo about climate change, little do we individuals know as to how much we can contribute to saving our environment.
Priyadarshini Karve, an environmentalist and director of Samuchit Envirotech, talks about carbon footprint and measures to be taken to curtail it at the 'Emerging Technology Lecture Series' organised by Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd, Muktangan Exploratory Science Centre and Marathi Vidnyan Parishad, Pune region, on Saturday.
Karve said that the first step to an effective carbon footprint management strategy is to know about carbon tracking.
“An individual has to understand the amount of carbon footprint being produced by him/her. This can be done from simple things for example, one household owns how many vehicles? Are all the vehicles being used and if yes, calculate the kilometers it was driven. Then, multiply it with carbon emission factor available online on the UN websites for climate change. One will understand how much carbon is being emitted by that person alone,” she said.
While giving a presentation on the same, Karve highlighted that maximum carbon emission in India happens in the urban setups. As out of 60 per cent of population in rural areas, 50 per cent lead a traditional lifestyle, while remaining 40 per cent live in urban areas, which contribute to pollution.
“Excess of carbon in the environment has resulted in adverse climate change. Therefore, calculating carbon footprints can be a first conscious step in understanding our contribution to global warming,” said Karve.
“To reduce this, everyone must start opting for alternative ways to deal with it. For example, avoid the use of the vehicle for short distances. Use public transport wherever possible, or carpooling. Keep the vehicle in good working condition through service and maintenance, etc,” said Karve.