Would you stop flying to help tackle climate change? Taking a transatlantic flight from London to New York puts as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as a typical year spent commuting to work by car.
Would you give up meat? Livestock and animal products – including meat – are responsible for the vast majority of food-related greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for around 15% of total greenhouse gas emissions.
Would you sell your car? The World Bank estimates that roughly 20% of global CO2 emissions from fuel combustion come from the transportation sector, including cars.
What do our readers think? We had a comment sent in from Karin, who thinks that too much burden is being placed on individuals to change their behaviour over climate change, and not enough is being asked of big companies. She believes, for example, that “fiscal incentives to fossil fuel companies should be banned”. Is she right?
To get a response, we spoke to Leena Vuotovesi, CEO of the development company Micropolis, located close to the Arctic Circle. Micropolis helps municipalities pilot solutions for green, sustainable growth. What would she say to Karin?
Next up, we had a comment sent in from Simone, who views the changes that we need to make to save the planet in a positive light. She says: “I can say that I got great benefits from sustainable living, clean air, healthy food, cheerful friends.” Are we looking at this in the wrong way? Should we be focusing on the benefits of changing our lifestyles as opposed to sacrifices?
For a reaction, we spoke to Sébastien de Halleux, a European Young Leader and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Saildrone, a company focusing on data collection at sea through the use of wind and solar powered drones. What does he think? Do we need to make personal sacrifices to prevent catastrophic climate change, or is that the wrong way to see it?
What would you give up to save the planet? Would you give up meat? Or flying? Or your car? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!