Reducing Consumption

by Mckernan28 on October 30, 2017 - 1:40pm

Eliminate vampire powers as they use electricity from our electronic recharging devices. Leaving your devices plugged but not in actual use can eventually add up to an increase in 10 % in your electricity bill at the end of the month. Every year, October is known as the energy awareness month where we must try to be more aware about the electricity we consume in hopes of having less of a carbon footprint (turn off our lights, unplug chargers,etc.). Turning off your water as you brush your teeth csaves 6 litres of water per minute. One of the easiest ways to consuming energy would be to start using LED lights instead of your regular light bulb because they last longer and consume less energy. Use power strips as they can be used to plug in various items and at the click of a button you can shut down all of them at once. Also another simple way to save energy would be to properly close your computer when your going to stop using it for a given amount of time.


Since the 1960’s the consumption of food has increased significantly. In the 1960’s  the average food consumption rate was of 2358 cal/day per capita. Today the average is 2940 cal/day per capita. It is expected to raise to 3050 cal/day by the year 2030. Also changes in the food we eat has increased food consumption. As the world changed from roots and tubers to livestock and vegetable oils, we see the daily food intake increase. This increase was caused by big food chains creating cheap products that attracted consumers. These products were filled with preservatives, hormones and artificial flavours. To decrease this consumption we should invest in naturally produced food. A good example of this would be to invest in local farming. Not only do consumers get a healthy source of food but they also get to increase the local economy and help boost local companies.


In 2017, Earth Overshoot day, which is the day where humans used up all the resources that earth can produce in a year, occurred on August 3rd. This date is becoming earlier every year. In the 1980s this day occurred around November and around September a little after the 2000s. The resources used for the calculation of this date are: clean water, soil, clean air, carbon sequestration and others. According to The Global Footprint Network (GFN) we would need 1.7 earths each year to sustain our usage of resources. According to the International Resource Panel (IRP) states that resources extraction has increased from 22 billion tons in 1970 to 70 billion tons in 2010 caused by a growing middle class.