Our carbon footprint is simply the amount of emissions that each of us produces. Reducing them by 80% (to around 2.5 tons per person) is the best way to reduce climate change. The four main ways to do this is to eat plants, fly less, drive less and have fewer children.
Living the 1.5 Degree Lifestyle is a book that reveals the carbon cost of all we do, and how to make big reductions. We have less than 10 years to drastically slash our carbon emissions, to keep global heating to 1.5 degrees, and avert catastrophe. That means the average person cutting their carbon footprint by over 80% by 2030. This book looks how to live a truly green life (and what governments and corporations can do). The author is a sustainable design teacher and former architect.
We have around 10 years to prevent irreversible climate change (which affects all species). 2019 was the hottest year on record and temperatures are set to rise still over the next few years, with floods and heavy rain having quadrupled in the last years, yet snow cover reducing also. In 2019 there were over 120 extreme weather records worldwide, including snow in Hawaii and heatwaves in Alaska.
Take Mukti Mitchell’s free carbon calculator. Voted the best in the world, this can reduce your carbon emissions by up to 10%, with no major changes to your lifestyle (Mukti is the son of ecological writer Satish Kumar, and once built himself a micro solar yacht and sailed it around the British Isles). He and his friend Darren Hall have created the beautiful site Carbon Savvy, where you have 10 steps to take to reduce carbon emissions, focused on health, nature, communities, transport, heating, holidays and shopping. Some of their suggestions include:
- Insulate your home to be warmer & save bills
- If you fly, visit closer places (or visit less often).
- Downsize your car to a fuel-efficient vehicle
- Walk or cycle to work, or share lifts
- Buy high-quality items that last
- Switch to a greener energy company
- Buy local seasonal organic food
- Eat more plants – less meat & dairy
- Learn to repair goods yourself
- Take public transport (trains, buses)
How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint is a non-preachy little book packed with simple ways to reduce your emissions, from using less plastic to shopping sustainably. You’ll also learn about climate change crusaders, and how to make a difference.
Small Gases, Big Effect is a short, clear guide to climate change by German students who gathered researched from over 1000 scientists, and translated it into clear thoughtful writing, with illuminating graphics. Read by over 350,000 German homes (along with 37 MPs and the agricultural minister), it’s now a set set in universities and the European Central Bank.
Cranky Uncle vs Climate Change is a fun book for anyone who has a family member or anyone else, who thinks they know better than the world’s climate scientists. Dr John Cook has an honours degree in physics, and is a professor for Climate Change Communication.
How Children Can Reduce Their Carbon Footprint
C is for Carbon Footprint is a beautiful A to Z guide for children, each letter includes a lesson on how to help the planet. With beautiful artwork, find simple fixes to lifestyle changes across 26 tips for readers of all ages. Author Robert Donisch is an international science and outdoor educator, who after 9 years of teaching, decided to draft the different ideas for books that had been rattling around in his brain for a few years. This is the first.
Palm Trees at the North Pole is a book for children age 8 to 12, to share the science and history of our climate, to be part of the solution. The science and facts are accompanied by vivid illustrations, from a history of our climate (exploding volcanoes and extinct mammoths) to how humans are creating climate change today. Educational but never scary.
The Bear in the Stars is a timely fable on climate change for children. The Great Bar leaves her snowy home in search of food, friends and a new home after she finds the world is growing hotter. But hearts are getting colder..A story of loss, kindness and new beginnings.