Here you have it. Your personal annual carbon dioxide emissions. Aproximately. Whatever they are, don't feel guilty about it! We have all developed our lifestyles without knowing that CO2 emissions were a problem. If you want to reduce your carbon footrpint, start at your current level, and try to reduce it by 5% per year. Then you will be playing your part in the national effort. And you will find it surprisingly easy.
To put this in context, national average emissions are 10 tonnes per person per year. In 2004 the UK government pledged to cut emissions by 20% by 2012 to around 8 tonnes per capita. They have now pledged 80% reductions by 2050 to around 2 tonnes per capita, which is the sustainable CO2 quota per global capita.
For tips on how to reduce your CO2 emissions and improve your quality of life you can download my bookletThe Guide to Low Carbon Lifestyles for free from www.lowcarbonlifestyle.org/guide.
North Devon, 2009
Mukti Mitchell is a carpenter, sailor and author who lives by the sea in North Devon. He designed the Explorer zero-emission microyacht and sailed around Britain in 2007 to promote low carbon lifestyles, endorsed by HRH The Prince of Wales, Tony Blair, David Cameron and leading environmental figures. For more information visitwww.lowcarbonlifestyle.org or www.mitchellyachts.co.uk.
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