Why does three tonnes matter?
Why ‘have fewer children’ is really bad climate advice
We – the human race – currently pump 53 gigatonnes of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere each year. This gas mostly comes from burning coal, oil and gas, although clearing forests, agriculture and producing cement also have big roles. So, every time we fire up the central heating, or the car, or the TV, or […]
Flying into trouble?
Last week a report published advice to ‘have one fewer child‘ as part of a report on how governments and schools are failing to promote the most effective ways that individuals can fight climate change. They also produced some pretty eye watering estimates on how much having a child adds to our carbon footprint. Aside […]
Redefine ‘success’: improve your quality of life
I feel sorry for the poor sods who live near a major airport like Heathrow. The skies around Sheffield seem to boom almost continuously with the noise of jet engines these days. And of course, we don’t even have an airport anymore. So living under the flight path of Heathrow must be pretty much unbearable […]
I’m doing it all wrong
We get a lot of pressure from other people and advertising to buy things. We spend more money than we have, and whilst this makes money for someone, somewhere, and contributes to economic growth, it also makes us work harder and leaves us with less time and energy for doing the things we love, with the […]
I’m the most environmentally conscious person I know. I’m rapidly heading for a three tonne carbon footprint. This is half the global average of greenhouse gas, and a quarter of the UK average. However, it looks like I must be doing it all wrong. I drive a car. I eat meat. I go on foreign holidays. I don’t recycle all that much. […]