All we ever hear when it comes to climate change is that we are all too small to do anything — and that’s true, if we act alone. But not when we as individuals are part of creating a lasting change in habits and trends amongst all dudes and dudettes across the globe. Worldwide, 72% of greenhouse gas emissions stem from private consumption choices. 72% - That’s almost three quarters! That’s enough to make all the difference in the world.
How do I impact the climate?
Which are the goods and services that we choose to buy without realising how much they affect the planet? What are the services we know have a large effect but we wish to consume anyway? Living in today’s society causes emissions, and that’s fine. Learning where most of them come from is the very first, and in a way the very biggest, step we can take towards making a real change.
For people living far up North like the Spark founding team, one of the main sources of emissions that affect the climate is the heating of homes, offices, schools and other places we visit and like to feel warm in. For most people, our second most important climate impact is the consumption of goods and services. This includes that new pair of shoes and the new laptop, the powering of the sound system at a concert or cleaning of a hotel we go to when visiting relatives in another city. Depending on how much you travel, this category jumps around on the biggest-to-smallest category list — it’s on average about 20 to 25% of personal emissions and more if you fly a lot. Other ways we impact the climate is through the food we eat, the electricity we use and the waste we produce.