With the recently published article by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) warning that we have only 12 years to make necessary decreases in Greenhouse Gas emissions or face harsh consequences – I have renewed drive to switch my transportation to an electric vehicle.
But it also included several other suggestions like limiting the amount of meat we consume, halting all oil and gas expansion projects, and how businesses need to lead the way if we are to see any lasting improvements.
It led me to a little exploration project looking at changes I could make in my lifestyle and comparing the impact they would each have on reducing my carbon footprint. Here are my findings:
My current Carbon Footprint is taking up about 119% of my share of the planet. Honestly, I thought it would be much higher.
If I were to sell my car and replace it with an all electric vehicle, my share use would reduce to 110%, a 9% decrease.
If I went vegetarian and sourced as much of my food locally as I could, it would further reduce my carbon footprint by 6%.
Lastly, if I moved into a solar-powered tiny house, it would decrease my use by 43%, to 76% of my share of the planet.
If I did all three, I would only be using 62% of my share of the planet.
This was certainly some great food for thought. If you’d like to compare some of these scenarios for yourself, I used the footprint calculator found here: https://footprint.wwf.org.uk/carbon/footprint