Download e-book for iPad: A Lighter Footprint A Practical Guide to Minimising Your by Angela Crocombe

By Angela Crocombe

ISBN-10: 1921753552

ISBN-13: 9781921753558

‘We needs to search to significantly decrease the heavy tread of our footprint upon the earth; in a different way, our youngsters and our grandchildren can have little or no desire of having fun with a liveable planet.’

Angela Crocombe believes that international warming is the largest challenge dealing with humanity this day, and that every folks has a vital half to play find an answer by way of decreasing our actual influence on the earth.

A Lighter Footprint makes use of a device known as the ecological footprint to assist us do exactly that: it estimate the assets that a person consumes, in comparison with the volume that nature can maintain. Importantly, it debunks the parable that eco-friendly residing isn't for everybody by way of detailing easy, useful, day by day activities that every one Australians can take to minimize not just the prices to our surroundings but additionally to our wallets.

Subjects coated contain carbon offset schemes and lighter-footprint thoughts for how we use shipping, strength, water and meals, loved ones items and home equipment, and personal-care goods. It additionally offers quite a lot of suggestions for recycling, for development and renovating sustainably, for carrying out moral funding, and for constructing lower-impact workplace practices and extra liable trip and occasion administration.

A Lighter Footprint empowers every one people, and gives us with the capacity to alter our ingrained conduct and change them with extra sustainable behaviour.

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Diesel Diesel vehicles have about the same environmental impact as petrol, but their emissions can be as much as 40 per cent less. Diesel is made from mineral oils from oil wells. Diesel cars have been common in Europe for many years, and big manufacturers have now released high-performance diesel models in Australia. However, traditional diesel must still be considered a short-term option as it is a non-renewable resource and still emits carbon dioxide. In the past, diesel engines also emitted much higher levels of particles than petrol engines.

30 A LIGHTER FOOTPRINT 3 TRANSPORT Cars Over one million new cars were sold in Australia in 2007,6 and if you add them to the well over 10 million cars already on the road, we have one car for every two people in the country. Cars are one of the biggest polluters in Australia in terms of burning fossil fuels and generating greenhouse gas emissions, both in their manufacture and in their day-to-day driving. Despite huge technological advances in other areas of our lives, cars have changed very little in the last 100 years, and there have been scant gains in fuel efficiency over the last 40 years.

All new cars sold in Australia must now display a fuel consumption label, which provides information not only on fuel consumption but also on carbon dioxide emissions. 8 But any form of public transport is far preferable to your car from an environmental perspective, particularly if you are the only person in the car. It also takes the stress out of finding a parking space or, far worse, a parking ticket on the windscreen! Top Tips for low-emission car travel Plan ahead so you can combine a few car trips into one journey rather than make separate journeys.

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