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+ Your AuthorsArchive @michaeltefula draft thoughts on finance, tech, climate, (+ wherever else the mind wanders.) team @my_tickr | volunteer @diversityvc | views my own Aug. 09, 2021 1 min read

🔥The world is on fire.
🌍 Wondering what you can do about climate?
💪Here's 4 high-impact ways to cut your carbon footprint by 50%-500%👇🏾

(This is for personal impact, so be sure to also use your vote + wallet to urge govts & businesses to do more!)

 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58130705 

1/ Buy green energy.

You'll cut around 1.5 tonnes/yr (15% of a typical 10 tonne/yr lifestyle).

Some estimates are higher even. For example in the UK, the average home reduced annual emissions by 3.2 tonnes according to data from Bulb Energy  https://help.bulb.co.uk/hc/en-us/articles/360038629732-How-we-calculate-our-carbon-impact 

2/ Avoid 1 long-haul flight. (These are typically 6hrs+)

You'll save 1.6 tonnes (16% of a 10-tonne/yr lifestyle).

However, if you're in the 20% of passengers who make up 70% of all flying in England, you'd need to cut more flights for more % impact.
 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/25/1-of-english-residents-take-one-fifth-of-overseas-flights-survey-shows 

3/ Use public transport (give up the car).

You'll save around 2.4 tonnes (24% of a 10-tonne/yr lifestyle.)

Alternatively, if you keep driving but switch to electric/ hybrid, you'd save 0.8 tonnes.

If you're in London you could be £3,000 better off also  https://www.nerdwallet.com/uk/personal-finance/cost-of-car-ownership/ 

4/ This one is controversial (and likely an over-estimate but directionally correct) is to have 1 less child.

You'd avoid around 58.6 tonnes a year. (586% of a 10-tonne/year lifestyle).

Data is from this article  https://www.ft.com/content/c5e0cdf2-aaef-4812-9d8e-f47dbcded55c  & journal article  https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aa7541 

In summary, high impact carbon reduction tips that are easy are: (1) Drive less (2) Fly less & (3) Buy green energy. That's 50%+ of the work for 3 actions.

If you can't do (1) & (2), consider carbon offsetting. Lots of options out there for it, including my workplace @my_tickr.


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