Our Western lifestyle is bound up with the production of greenhouse gases. Transport, food, heating our homes and buying stuff: it's hard to get away from the reality of it all.
So changing your carbon 'lifestyle' is not going to be easy.
The issue of consumerism is a hot topic right now, and whether we should buy less stuff in order to save the planet. There is also a question whether we should grow the economy in order to save resources and the natural world.
These topics are big issues, on a global and cultural scale! On a local level though, it's clear we can ALL change our lifestyleS... if we want to!
Should I buy less stuff to reduce my carbon footprint?
At the moment the products we buy do not have a carbon tax on the label. This means we cannot tell the contribution the products have to the production of greenhouse gases. So simply buying less is only part of the answer. Major companies are creating carbon zero supply chains to encourage us to buy their products. Ikea for example is working hard in that area. But in the absence of a clear carbon counting label it is hard for consumers to make the right low carbon choice.
Is over population the problem?
Some say that the world's growing population is the cause of climate change. It is important to note that western lifestyle has a much higher carbon footprint than developing countries. However it is also the case that the developing countries want to have the benefits of modern living. The focus must be on the reduction of fossil fuel use because it is those fuels that are the driver not the people themselves. That is why our personal carbon footprint here in Dulwich should be our focus and not be so concerned how many people there are in the world.
How can Dulwich Net Zero help me change my high carbon lifestyle?
Over time we hope that local people and businesses will contribute small but important changes to the many aspects to how we live via our meetings and forum. This could range from how we travel to how we heat our homes, to what we buy and what we eat.