International Polar Bear Day, which is a day that raises awareness about the conservation status of these gorgeous creatures, is just around the corner. According to a 2015 US government report, Arctic ice is continuing to melt as a result of greenhouse gas emissions. This is the primary threat to polar bears who live in the world’s coldest terrain.
The question is, what can we do?
Installing a solar power system is a tangible step that drastically reduces your personal greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, an average system can replace around 2.5 tonnes of greenhouse gases a year–possibly more. Of course, this depends on the system’s annual output among other factors.
Is that a lot?
Think about it this way, from 2003-2006, the Government of Canada launched the One-Tonne Challenge, which urged Canadians to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one tonne each year. The background literature from that program claimed the average Canadian was responsible for producing five tonnes of emissions annually.
Using that as a base, a two-and-a-half tonne reduction in carbon dioxide is very significant; it is half of a household’s contribution to climate change!