#COP26 and common citizens

In the last month, #COP26 was in the spotlight. All from our homes saw how presidents, parliamentarians, businessmen, and great leaders met at this conference. Certainly, you have heard about a goal to reduce emissions of 22 Giga tons of CO2e by 2030 and probably you wonder: does the climate emergency only concern certain types of personalities and groups? Well, the answer is no, climate change is everyone’s business.

In fact, even though you think that you have nothing to do with big events like COP, you are wrong: you choose who will represent your country. For this reason, to VOTE is of great value, choosing your leaders well and choose people who give the necessary importance to climate crisis matters and who will support public policies, which are aligned to low-carbon policies and more sustainable economies.

Education is a fundamental point. Sharing the message, allowing people to be aware of the importance of Climate Change, raising awareness, sensitizing communities, educating on mitigation actions, adaptation, and the consequences that climate change will bring is necessary for all of us to start giving it the importance to the crisis.

Small changes in our routine are also necessary, you don’t have to buy an electric car or stop consuming meat from one moment to another; but taking your bicycle once a week, walking, using your own bottle to drink water, taking your reusable bag to the market, practicing “meatless day” once a week or measuring your electricity and water consumption can have a great impact. This way your contribution together with others who are thinking alike about how to have a positive impact, could make a huge change. Gold Standard has made a calculation for the ‘Climate Positive’ initiative and concludes that if one billion people around the world join for this noble cause, we could be reducing our emissions up to 13.4 GtCO2 per year.

Here are some practical examples that are easy to implement in your daily routine:

  1. If you ride your bike to work instead of driving to work, you could be giving up about 191 gCO2e emissions for every kilometer you ride.
  2. If instead of drinking water in single-use plastic bottles you drink water in your own bottle, you would be saving approximately 160 gCO2e per 500 ml bottle.
  3. If you take your own shopping bag with you, you would be avoiding the emission of 10 gCO2e per plastic bag you avoid receiving.
  4. If you stop consuming a 100 g portion of meat, you are avoiding the emission of approximately 10 kg of CO2e. 
  5. An LED bulb can generate electricity savings of 50 to 80% compared to an incandescent bulb. This means a reduction of 410 kgCO2e per year if you replace just one incandescent bulb with an LED bulb in your home. 

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