New Year’s 2022 — CO2, A Direct Result of Consumption

Living the 1.5 Degree Lifestyle

Make this the year you start to decouple your lifestyle from carbon as a fuel and as ‘stuff’ you consume. Every activity, object, and item of food comes with a carbon footprint; that is, the amount of carbon that went into its production and transportation and has already been released into the Earth’s atmosphere. We call this embodied carbon or upfront carbon emissions. These emissions are creating climate heating RIGHT NOW. Every day we make personal choices that either increase atmospheric carbon emissions or reduce them.

As Lloyd Alter says in his new book Living the 1.5 Degree Lifestyle — Why Individual Climate Action Matters More Than Ever, “…CO2 is a direct result of consumption.” (Learn more about the book here. Order the book here [paper or digital].)

So, give some thought to what is enough, what is sufficient to maintain our lifestyle in 2022. Let’s reduce our carbon consumption on a daily basis. A good place to start is by joining 100 other families and 13 Muskoka businesses which have taken on the CAM Community Carbon Challenge. You will find lots of simple, data-backed ideas to help you get started.COMMUNITY CARBON CHALLENGE PAGE

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