LONDON, March 13 — Citizens have the power to influence between 25% and 27% of the savings needed by 2030 to keep global warming to 1.5°C. According to a recent study, this goal could be achieved if the governments and people of the world’s rich countries implemented these five lifestyle changes.
Carried out by researchers from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, in collaboration with experts from the global engineering firm Arup and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the “people power“report is shared by the citizen movement for the climate”Leap.”
“The research makes it clear that governments and the private sector have the most important role to play, but it is also equally clear from our analysis that people and communities can make a big difference,” explains Tom Bailey, co-founder of ” Take The Jump”. ” Bell.
“Our research shows that all of us, from politicians, city and business leaders to individual citizens, have important roles to play. And it is clear that there is much we can do as individuals, and that this is one of the easiest and fastest places to start,” adds Ben Smith, director of climate change at Arup, who led the analysis.
So are you willing to get involved in making one or more of these lifestyle changes?
Eat a mostly plant-based diet and minimize waste
Estimates suggest that the production of meat and animal products accounts for about 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. In this sense, reducing meat consumption is a crucial factor in the fight against climate change.
According to the “Power of People” report, combining the fight against food waste with the adoption of a predominantly plant-based diet would achieve “the 12 percent of the total savings that countries in North America and Europe need” to reach the goals set by the Paris Agreement (i.e. reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030).
Reconsider vacations, limit air travel
Air transport is known to be the most polluting mode of transport. It is even estimated that it is 45 times more polluting than the train, according to the French Agency for Ecological Transition (Ademe). With this in mind, the report recommends, where possible, reducing leisure flights to one short-haul flight every three years and one long-haul flight every eight years.
So-called leisure air travel is increasingly questioned as part of our daily lives, especially among young people. According to a recent survey made by Greenpeace53 percent of young people in France say they don’t fly, or fly very rarely, for pleasure.
Keep shopping for new clothes to a minimum
From clothing rentals and second-hand clothes shopping to virtual clothing, eco-friendly approaches to fashion are on the rise. Solutions to help consumers move away from the fast fashion industry are becoming more and more numerous. “By reducing the number of new garments to a target of three, a maximum of eight, you will generate 6 percent of the total savings needed,” estimates the study.
Give up your personal car (or don’t buy another one)
You know that car you pull out of the garage three times a year, but still costs you a fortune in insurance? If you live in a city well served by public transportation, or your colleagues and/or friends are ready to embark on a carpooling adventure with you, it may be time to take the plunge and give up personal car ownership. .
“For those who can, reducing vehicle ownership and, if possible, moving away from personal vehicle ownership, would generate 2 percent of the total savings needed by 2030,” the study states.
Using electronic devices for at least seven years.
Are you eager to get your hands on the new iPhone SE 5G? We understand. It’s hard, at a time when technology isn’t holding back progress, to ask you to keep using your current outdated smartphone. What if, in these cases, you make up for it by trying as much as possible to extend life of your other electronics (refrigerator, microwave, tablets, computers, etc.)?
“By optimizing the useful life of both electronic devices and household appliances, keeping them for at least seven years, 3 percent of the total savings needed would be obtained,” the study says. —ETX Study