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In this blog post I take you through my journey, from not really caring about climate change to becoming obsessed with climate change. My hope is that people reading this will start to take some real actions on reducing their ecological footprint as well.
These statistics paint a frightening picture, yet point to a potentially positive outcome.
Like a lot of people, I used to get most of my news from The Murdochracy. Their papers, websites and so on imply that climate change is greatly exaggerated. After hearing Greta’s speech I started googling climate change. Once I did, for me there was no turning back, I was horrified at what I found.
Thankyou Greta, don’t listen to the haters!
I decided to look at closely at my footprint, using the WWF calculator (sadly this has been taken offline) my life style was needing 3 or 4 earths to sustain me.
I drilled down into where my emissions were coming from, for me my big one was transport. Did you know for every 100km you drive you will produce about 12,000 litres of CO2. I drive 20,000 per year, so this was creating about 2.5 million litres of CO2 every year.
I ran some scenarios through the WWF calculator and worked out if I started catching public transport, eating less meat and get an EV my footprint would go down to 0.9 earths, that is I’d be living sustainability.
I am a big fan of David Allen’s ‘Getting Things Done’, I’ve been using a personalised version of his system for several years now.
One of his suggestions is to basically start a project by working out the next logical step and just doing it. For me this was to drive less and to eat less meat, so I started there.
There were some unexpected benefits here, firstly public transport, it’s actually works really well from where I live. By catching the bus into the city it turns out I was saving about $12- $20 every trip by not having to park. I’ll be honest I felt stupid for not doing this earlier.
This start had quite a big impact on my emissions, reducing them by about 25%, a really good start I thought.
The most surprising part of this journey has been the cost. Yes there has been a large upfront cost of around $35,000 (EV upgrade from ICE version and a Solar System), but my yearly petrol and energy bills have gone from about $10,000 to about $2,000. This means over a five year period I have paid of my loans, saved money, have an EV and have a solar system.
I’m now super happy with my EV. The extra $25,000 I spent on the EV version pretty much matches the money I used to spend on petrol. So financially I am in the same situation I was previously.
My next steps.. to get rid of gas cooking and hot water, but that will need to wait a little.
I hope I have shown that drastically reducing your emissions can be a relatively easy task, just start somewhere!