Obsessive-Compulsive’s Guide to Cutting Your Carbon Footprint
Chickens, Tomatoes and Cars: The Wonky Numbers Behind Your Carbon Footprint
We NEED to be obsessed with shrinking our footprint, and Lloyd Alter did the research, the spreadsheet, and the book to help us all do our part. Did you know you can cut your carbon footprint from food in half? In a continuation of last episode’s conversation, Lloyd Alter, author of Living the 1.5 Degree Lifestyle: Why Individual Climate Action Matters More than Ever, shares what matters most from what he learned while shrinking his annual carbon footprint to meet the carbon budget allowed to meet 1.5°C goals.
Don’t Miss: Stephanie makes a shocking confession about her 2019 lifestyle and carbon footprint. And Lloyd raised quite a stir with this tweet: “I was shocked when I e-biked past the gas station, the price is twice as high as when I last filled the car two years ago.”
Some of the Revelations:
- Tomatoes have an unusually large carbon footprint.
- Eating food in season tastes better!
- He introduces us to the term “climatarian” – a person who chooses what to eat according to what is least harmful to the environment.
- We engage in “portion distortion” – we put too much on the plate and either eat too much or toss the excess
- The delivery of a take-out order emits twice the carbon of producing that food.
- Embodied energy or carbon, or upfront carbon emissions, are a big part of our consumption footprint
- We’d be well-served to focus on “sufficiency.” What is enough? What do you need?
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
Living the 1.5 Degree Lifestyle – by Lloyd Alter
TreeHugger – one of the world’s leading sustainability information websites
Take the Jump – Less consuming but more creativity, care, comedy, camaraderie, contentment, craft, connection, celebration, culture and community
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