And what do these ‘tonnes’ consist of, and what is ‘carbon equivalent’, and why should we bother when China builds a new coal power station every week? We all concluded that we did want to bother, and for me it felt good to be doing something positive.
We had some fun thinking about what we’d say to the current prime minister about climate change if we got the chance; things like ‘don’t wait for other countries, just take a lead’, ‘be proud of the UK’s Climate Act – do more to promote it’ and ‘tackling inequality will help with climate change and vice versa, don’t forget the multiple benefits to society’.
In the second session we imagined life in a draughty 1930s home and plotted a 6 year plan to save some serious amounts of energy, and 6 tonnes of carbon emissions to be precise. We separated into two groups to do our plotting and were surprised at the different approaches each group took – and that we all left the extremely high cost but huge financial benefit option of installing solar panels till last, favouring more woolly jumpers first!
We managed to make some pretty easy-to-remember rules for ourselves when buying food – ‘Jane’s rules’:
- meat is higher carbon than veg
- the more ingredients the higher the carbon
- producing the food takes way more carbon than packaging it
- and refrigerated stuff can be high carbon even if it comes by road, not plane
The fourth session looked at transport: we stepped into the shoes of Sarah and Edward and their two daughters. It turned out that they could save a lot of carbon through changing their lifestyles, without spending any money, just doing things a bit differently.
Real food for thought there.
I am looking forward to hosting some more conversations in my front room again soon!!!
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