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Each global citizen has a per capita consumption emissions target of 2.1 tons of CO2 by 2030 to limit warming to 1.5°C. The 2019 world average is 4.7 tons CO2/capita. The current range: Australia 17.1 tons and India 1.9 tons/capita.

What is your CO2 emission level?

These excellent Greenhouse Gas emission calculators will help you to determine your current carbon emissions – your baseline: Carbon Zero; US Environmental Protection Agency; Carbon Footprint; Eco Footprint Calculators (e.g. Meat); Food Carbon Footprint.

You can use this basic worksheet to record your baseline and improvement goals: LINK


* Reduce or eliminate the need to travel — both for long and short distances
* Take public transport– whenever possible
* Green your commute – walk, bike, bus, carpool, public transport
* Walk or ride a bike; get an electric bike for longer/steeper commutes
* Carpool and ride share
* Switch to an electric vehicle (or hybrid)
* Reduce the number of trips you take
* Work from home; choose video conferencing over driving to meetings
* Leisure and vacation: think before you drive or fly: trip absolutely necessary, can any of the alternatives above be used – read more here
+++ Choose human-powered outdoor recreation – hiking, cycling, angling, wildlife watching, paddling and skiing/boarding
+++ Explore your own city or neighborhood, rather than taking trips abroad
+++ Reduce the carbon footprint of holidays
+++ Travel abroad in a more low-carbon way – take a train, bus or ferry — rather than a plane, when possible; use a carbon offset
* Evaluate your personal vehicles: how many and how big?
+++ Trade your large, inefficient vehicle(s) for an EV or a plug-in hybrid; reduce the number of vehicles you own
* Find alternatives to personal car ownership (car & ride share programs)
* Reduce emissions from idling personal vehicles – NEVER IDLE
* Ensure that your personal (or fleet cars) are operating efficiently
* Don’t fly and if you do, offset your emissions – read more @ David Suzuki Foundation
ADVOCACY / ACTIVISM – read more @ UN Environment Programme: Sustainable Lifestyles: Options and Opportunities
@ Increase the walkability in your community and biking infrastructure in the community
@ Promote set-up and participation in car share, carpool and ride-share programs for shared commuting
@ Advocate for home office (non-commute) days
@ Advocate for meaningful change: improve bus stops, installation of bike racks, improve/increase bike lanes, encourage others to not idle


* Heating your house – Explore ways to reduce your natural gas, oil, or coal-based heating/cooling of your house
+++ Winterize your home – read more @ David Suzuki Foundation
+++ Install a programmable thermostat – only heat the house when you really need to
+++ Get a professional home energy audit; improve your insulation and windows – Do It Yourself Guide
+++ Use of a wood stove reduces the need for fossil fuels
* Cooling your house – reduce or eliminate the use of your air condition – read more @ David Suzuki Foundation
* Install renewable energy alternatives – GeoExchange (Geothermal)
* Reduce your showers to 4 minutes
* Swap your gas stove for an electric stove
* Switch to ecological / renewal electricity & energy providers – check for local availability
* Use/buy energy efficient appliances – look for the Energy Star label
* Use energy-efficient light bulbs – available at your local hardware store
* Wash your clothes in cold water – yes, it still works!
* Don’t use your clothes drier – hang your clothes inside or outside
* Unplug computers, TVs and other electronics when you’re not using them – stand-by mode still uses power
ADVOCACY / ACTIVISM – read more @ UN Environment Programme: Sustainable Lifestyles: Options and Opportunities
@ Help educate individual, families and communities to reduce their energy consumption
@ Create an EnergyNeighbourhood
@ Create and/or support community tool libraries to support homeowner repair, renovation and maintenance
@ Support the introduction of mandatory building codes and minimum energy efficiency performance standards

-50% IT! FOOD

Our food system is a significant contributor to emissions and climate change – read more @ David Suzuki Foundation
* Shift to plant-rich diets: eat less red meat and dairy – read more @ David Suzuki Foundation
+++ Beef, lamb and cheese have some of the largest carbon footprints of all food products. – read more @ David Suzuki Foundation
+++ Avoid meat from environmental destructive sources (destruction of rain forests)
+++ Buy meat and dairy products local whenever possible
* Avoid food with high environmental impact – e.g. palm oil, industrial meat, off-season products, long transport distances
* Avoid junk food that is highly processed and excessively packaged – pops, chips, candy, high sugar & calorie products
* Don’t waste food! – Nearly half of all food produced worldwide is wasted – read more @ David Suzuki Foundation
+++ Rescue food that would otherwise go to waste; leftover food is still good
+++ Get food out of the garbage through composting
+++ Share food with neighbors
+++ Engage people in your neighborhood to harvest extra food being grown on trees and in gardens
* Support local agriculture, including farmers markets and community-supported agriculture – wherever possible, choose organic
ADVOCACY / ACTIVISM – read more @ UN Environment Programme: Sustainable Lifestyles: Options and Opportunities
@ Raise food safety awareness including expiry dates
@ Support menu changes at hotels and restaurants toward plant-rich diets
@ Engage your local grocery stores or restaurants to reduce / eliminate their food waste
@ Support restaurants and hotels to explore how they can redirect excess food
@ Conduct a waste audit for a week in a school cafeteria or restaurant
@ Promote Meatless Monday challenges at schools, restaurants, and workplaces


The goods and services we buy all result in emissions, through production, transportation and disposal. When we consume less, we produce fewer emissions, – read more @ David Suzuki Foundation
* Reduce all new purchases
+++ Clothes, electronics, tools, gadgets; fossil-fuel powered mowers, blowers, & saws; anything not really needed – read more @ David Suzuki Foundation
+++ Stop, think before you buy/order online – is it necessary? Are there alternatives? Do I really need that?
+++ Fast fashion, electronics (the latest smartphone), household goods, bikes, or even vehicles; make due with what you have
+++ Use services instead of owning goods (rental programs, sharing economy)
+++ Shift your views around gift-giving (e.g. Christmas)
* Reduce all online purchases
+++ Look for local alternatives; check if you rally cannot find it locally; consider its weight, distance shipped and packaging
* Don’t use single use plastics (SUP)
+++ Shopping bags, to-go coffee cups & lids, straws, food containers, plates, plastic cutlery- stop using them
* Don’t buy bottled water – wherever and whenever possible
* Reduce use of high footprint materials: paper, plastics, textiles
+++ Reduce the use of toxic materials – look for sustainable alternatives
* Reduce garbage / waste from consumer goods
+++ Buy less, buy in bulk, refuse to buy goods with excessive packaging
+++ Organize/encourage Zero-Waste/low-impact birthday parties, weddings, and other special events (e.g. cups, plates, cutlery, decorations)
* Refuse, Reuse, Repair, Recycle read more @ David Suzuki Foundation
+++ Never put paper, glass, metal or refundable in the garbage – always recycle
* Be an informed consumer
+++ Consider how are goods made and where and who does the work at what cost?
+++ Consider the environmental destruction, child labor, pollution associated with goods
ADVOCACY / ACTIVISM – read more @ UN Environment Programme: Sustainable Lifestyles: Options and Opportunities
@ Demand sustainable products & alternatives
@ Enhance the local repair infrastructure
@ Encourage cultural shifts around responsibly produced and zero waste goods
@ Engage with Zero Waste communities and programs


Positive impact on the categories listed above – travel, energy, food & consumerism – can hardly be achieved without an attempt for global social transformation and renewal. – read also @ UN Environment Programme: Sustainable Lifestyles: Options and Opportunities ( Sustainable Lifestyles)
* Increase your and your families time in nature!!
* Increase your spiritual connection – connection with nature, meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi, etc.
* Increase your mental health – calm, positivity, hope, and healthy relationships
+++ Engage in personal health practices such as mindfulness, meditation and yoga
* Decrease all recreational (and work) screen time – TV, social media, online time, gaming, online shopping
* Stress – work, finances, relationships, social pressures, fear of missing out (FOMO)
* Money – debt of all sources, especially credit card debt
* Addictive behaviors – substances, alcohol, social media, junk food
* Education – adult education and holistic education for our children; environmental stewardship; outdoor education
ADVOCACY / ACTIVISM – read more @ UN Environment Programme: Sustainable Lifestyles: Options and Opportunities
@ Engage with key constituencies such as youth around sustainable lifestyles
@ Help raise awareness of over-consumption and its effects
@ Join with others to advocate for government and business actions to reduce footprints in meaningful ways
@ Highlight well-being in the community


STILL GET STARTED “The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World

Greenhouse gas emission calculators:

Carbon Zero; US Environmental Protection Agency; Carbon Footprint; Eco Footprint Calculators (e.g. Meat); Food Carbon Footprint.