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What can you do to lower your carbon footprint? What can you do beyond your family’s footprint that will make a difference? Elton Sherwin’s presentation to the Century Club of California

What can you do to lower your carbon footprint? What can you do beyond your family’s footprint that will make a difference? Elton Sherwin’s presentation to the Century Club of California

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10 Ways to Lower Your Carbon Footprint

  1. 1. 10 Ways to Lower Your Carbon Footprint What You Can do That Makes a Difference Elton Sherwin Executive Director Carbon Zero Institute Century Club of California November 18, 2015
  2. 2. Your Carbon Footprint Good News  ≈80% related to just TWO human activities* Bad News  We are addicted to both and dependent on one Turn to the person next to you and guess 6 * Anthropogenic Sources
  3. 3. Where do Greenhouse Gases Come From? Burning Stuff  Wood  Coal  Oil  Gasoline  Diesel  Clear forests  Crop residue  Garbage  Dung Agriculture & Livestock  Beef  Lamb 8
  4. 4. Beef 2 to 10x Footprint 9
  5. 5. 15 http://revelle.net/lakeside/lakeside.new/understanding.html
  6. 6. 19 1/3 to 1/2 Red Meat Size of Your Home Mostly driving And flying
  7. 7. Optimal Way to Lower Your Carbon Footprint 1) Move into a studio apartment in the city 2) Become a vegetarian 3) Give up air travel 4) Sell your car(s) and use only public transit 5) Buy everything used at Goodwill You will have a tiny carbon footprint
  8. 8. I shared those with you so the next set of recommendations seem easy… 23
  9. 9. Elton’s Top Ten Recommendations to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint Countdown from #10 to #1 10
  10. 10. Switch from Hamburger to Quinoa Burger Or other Veggie Burger  On average, Americans eat three hamburgers a week, nearly 50 billion burgers per year  ≈15 to19 million pick-up trucks and SUVs  Finally, Veggie-burgers that taste great!  Add avocado, onion… 25Also on Munchery.com 10 Best for frying Best for grilling
  11. 11. 26 http://static.ewg.org/reports/2011/meateaters/pdf/methodology_ewg_meat_eaters_guide_to_health_and_climate_2011.pdf Carbon Footprint of Food Compared to Beef  2x better: Pork & Salmon  4x better: Chicken  5x better: Eggs  10x better: Milk, grains, veggies PoundsofCO2e
  12. 12. 27 http://static.ewg.org/reports/2011/meateaters/pdf/methodology_ewg_meat_eaters_guide_to_health_and_climate_2011.pdf #9 Minimize food waste – smaller portion sizes of red meat #8 Switch from beef to chicken or fish once a week #7 Meatless Mondays or Fridays (or both) PoundsofCO2e #9 #8 #7
  13. 13. 28 PoundsofCO2e http://static.ewg.org/reports/2011/meateaters/pdf/methodology_ewg_meat_eaters_guide_to_health_and_climate_2011.pdf Elton’s Fan Club
  14. 14. Move from Food to Utility Bill 29 http://revelle.net/lakeside/lakeside.new/understanding.html
  15. 15. Lower Your Utility Bill Replace Lightbulbs Turn off the lights 30 Replace pre-2000 Refrigerators • All of them Unplug stuff use infrequently • Game units • Old TVs • Chargers • Desktop PCs • Tower PCs #6
  16. 16. Move from Utility Bill to Transportation 31 http://revelle.net/lakeside/lakeside.new/understanding.html
  17. 17. Skype, Facetime GoToMeeting… 32 Sometimes, skip the drive  Don’t visit relatives you don’t like  Don’t go to meetings you don’t want to go to  Make a phone call, skip the flight #5
  18. 18. Next Vehicle Hybrid, Plug-in, ZipCar or Uber 33 Try it for a Month Hybrid Ford, Toyota, Lexus, Honda… Plug-in Hybrid Volt, some Prius… All Electric Leaf, Chevy, Fiat, Tesla, Focus… TAXI Gas or electric #4
  19. 19. Avoid Buying Another 100% Gasoline or 100% Diesel Vehicle 34 Gas Hybrid No plugPlug in Hybrid 100% Electric California’s Electric Emissions http://mediamatters.org/research/2012/02/08/myths-and-facts-about-electric-cars/185798 #4
  20. 20. Move from Transportation to The Stuff You Buy 35 http://revelle.net/lakeside/lakeside.new/understanding.html
  21. 21. Buy Used, Buy Less Buy Used Online Buy Used Locally Family Holiday Spending Limits 84¢ JOY = $25 max 100% local #3
  22. 22. The Worst Possible Way to Heat Your Home or Cook a Meal? 38 http://revelle.net/lakeside/lakeside.new/understanding.html
  23. 23. Is Burning Wood or Charcoal 39 www.arb.ca.gov/research/indoor/wood_burning_handbook.pdf Or paper, leaves, cardboard, garbage, plastic, dung or gift wrapping
  24. 24. Stop Burning Wood and Charcoal Switch to Propane or Natural Gas 40 www.arb.ca.gov/research/indoor/wood_burning_handbook.pdf #2
  25. 25. Elton’s Top Ten Recommendations to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint 41 #1
  26. 26. Downsize or Rent Out a Room How?   Place of worship  Teacher  University or College  Word of Mouth 42 Why?  Reduce utilities per person  Reduce commute  Spread building’s footprint over more people #1
  27. 27. Downsize or Rent Out a Room   Place of worship  Teacher  University or College  Word of Mouth 43 #1
  28. 28. Elton’s Top Ten Recommendations to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint Healthier and Wealthier 1. Downsize or rent out a room or two 2. Stop burning wood or charcoal and switch to propane or natural gas 3. Buy used, buy less 4. Next vehicle a hybrid, plug-in—or Uber 5. Skype/Facetime occasionally instead of traveling 6. Lower your electric/utility bill (CFLs, LEDs, EnergyStar) 7. Meatless Mondays or Fridays (or both) 8. Switch from beef to chicken or fish once a week 9. Minimize food waste – lower portion sizes of red meat 10. Switch from hamburger to Quinoa burger
  29. 29. 45 Handout Download from www.EltonSherwin.com
  30. 30. 46 Checklists www.EltonSherwin.com  What are Your Home’s Top Energy Wasters?  How Do I Find the Energy Hogs in My House?  What are Your Company’s Top Energy Wasters?  Use this checklist for schools  CFLs in the Sherwin Household  A lighting tutorial www.Amazon.com Download from www.EltonSherwin.com
  31. 31. Bigger Picture How can we have significant impact? Rest of the World? 47
  32. 32. http://www.cgdev.org/page/mapping-impacts-climate-change 1 2 25 Extreme Weather Impacts of Climate Change
  33. 33. 49 Overall Vulnerability http://www.cgdev.org/page/mapping-impacts-climate-change Human losses from floods, droughts, extreme heat, wind storms and wild fires Impacts of Climate Change
  34. 34. What is Different About These Countries? 50
  35. 35. Another 2,000,000,000+ Coming… 51 Projected growth to 2050 Image: Anthony Marr
  36. 36. Another 2,000,000,000+ Coming… 52
  37. 37. Another 2,000,000,000+ Coming… 53
  38. 38. The Challenge  Children having children  Teen pregnancies  Unwanted pregnancies  Unplanned  Child brides 54 800 million to billion+ children by mid-century
  39. 39. “Education for women and family planning information and services, would cost 1,000 times less than any of the other technical options to reduce carbon emissions” Population Media Center 55
  40. 40. 56 Came Expecting • Organic lettuce • Recycling • Grass fed beef • Locally grown Jarring Leap • Population • Teenagers • Our NGOs It took me a long time to be convinced by the data There is new news Game changing developments
  41. 41. Two Game Changing Developments What venture capitalists call existence proofs 1. Population Media Center - www.populationmedia.org  Radio and TV: Educational Entertainment; “Soap Operas”  Very effective, very inexpensive, vastly underfunded 2. State of Colorado Pilot  Teen pregnancy -40%; teen abortion -42%  Long lasting reversible methods (3+ years)  One visit, no permission slip  Free  Donor cost: $28m Medicaid savings: $49m+ 57 www.nytimes.com/2015/07/06/science/colorados-push-against-teenage-pregnancies-is-a-startling-success.html www.bbc.com/news/magazine-17820571 and www.populationmedia.org
  42. 42. 58 I started working on • Reforestation • Energy efficiency • Building efficiency • Green agenda Eventually realized • 800 million children unwanted or born to teen parents would dominate the ecosystem
  43. 43. If we want to Fight climate change, Empower women, Reduce poverty, Protect ourselves from failed states and terrorism one of the simplest, fastest and cheapest thing we can do is make sure that as few people as possible become parents before they actually want to 59Adapted from remarks by Isabel Sawhill Economist at the Brookings Institution
  44. 44. This is the Wrong Time in History To Stand on the Sidelines and Let This Happen 60 Projected growth to 2050 Image: Anthony Marr
  45. 45. Another 2,000,000,000+ Coming… 61 This is Not the Planet We Want to Give to Our Children and Grandchildren
  46. 46. Influence Existing Programs  Many donors, NGOs and governments  Education  Poverty  Healthcare  Leverage their effectiveness by funding  Colorado model  PMC model of Educational Entertainment  Dramatic increase in effectiveness of existing programs 62
  47. 47. Another 2,000,000,000+ Coming… 63 If not us Then who?
  48. 48. Summarize Learned Today 1. Burn too much stuff 2. Eating too much beef (and lamb) 3. 2B to 3B more children on the way  Over 800 million from child brides, teen parents, unwanted or unplanned 64
  49. 49. In Conclusion Recommendations 1. Rent out that spare bedroom 2. Cut back on the red meat 3. Donate the rent to:  Population Media Center or other organizations focused preventing teen pregnancies and child brides 4. Think about  How to have California follow Colorado  Africa, India and Pakistan 65
  50. 50. In Conclusion  What are we going prevent another 800+ million unwanted children and teen pregnancies, child brides?  Who do we know?  What boards are we on?  How do we prevent this: 66
  51. 51.  What are we going prevent another 800+ million unwanted children and teen pregnancies, child brides?  Who do we know?  What boards are we on?  How do we prevent this: 67 2

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