SMK DATO' SYED AHMAD
KUALA NERANG
KEDAH

Here we are again.

 

Before we tell you more about the activities we were involved in, we are sure you want to know more about carbon footprint, right?

 

This short entry will provide you with the enlightenment you need. Be patient and keep on reading!

 

 

What is Carbon Footprint?

According to CarbonTrust.com, a carbon footprint measures the total greenhouse gas emissions (measurement unit: KG CO2) caused directly and indirectly by a person, organisation, event or product.

Believe it or not, this means that any action we do as simple as breathing, cooking, and even taking shower, will actually leave carbon footprint!

 

What's wrong with Carbon Footprint? Is It that bad?

According to Sarah Cairoli on SeattlePi.comcarbon emissions contribute to climate change, which can have serious consequences for humans and their environment. The burning of fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. These carbon emissions raise global temperatures by trapping solar energy in the atmosphere. This alters water supplies and weather patterns, changes the growing season for food crops and threatens coastal communities with increasing sea levels.

In short, it is BAD for our Mother Earth!

 

Wait a sec...what are Greenhouse Gases actually?

Greenhouse gases are gases that have the ability to reflect the sun's energy radiating from the earth back to the earth as heat. The gases with this capability are known as "greenhouse gases" (GHGs). The main GHGs are water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide.

 

Why these gases are called Greenhouse Gases? Are they green in colour?

Not at all! Like air, gases do not have any colour. They are called Greenhouse Gases because they have the same effect as a real greenhouse.

 

Now, dear readers, have you seen a greenhouse before?

In case you haven't, we have prepared this picture below:

 

According to Garden.LoveToKnow.com, the greenhouse works by collecting light and converting it to heat. That is a simplistic view of how a greenhouse works. In addition to capturing light, the greenhouse also stores thermal energy and releases that energy properly. It can help moderate temperature and produce a controlled environment for plants to grow and thrive in. Further, a greenhouse offers protection from wind, rain, snow and other weather elements while also keeping your fruits from invading pests and animals.

So, the gases are called Greenhouse Gases because they trap heat just like a real greenhouse!

 

If you want to imagine how the GHGs work, imagine a giant glass panel is covering our planet and all the heat from the sun comes through the glass but is trapped inside the glass panel, instead of being reflected back to space.

 

In case you cannot imagine it, here is a simple graphic to help you visualise it which we take from Tribal Energy and Environmental Information (TEEIC):

 

Here's the final verdict...

In conclusion, our Mother Earth will suffer if carbon footprint is being left behind in great number by human activities. Therefore, it is our responsibility to help reduce carbon footprint in order to protect our Mother Earth.

This is why Toyota Eco Youth 2017 aims to reduce carbon footprint!

 

P/S: In case you did not realise, you can click on the name of the websites we mentioned above to find the original articles for your own extensive reading. :')