How to live a more Sustainable Lifestyle

Some people say that its too late for our generation to solve the problems we have caused. That the only hope is our children. Is it fair to pass the responsibility onto future generations? What if they do the same thing?

Possible Step One

One thing you could do is to use the I2U Carbon Footprint Tracker, and then concentrate on reducing your Carbon Footprint in each Area.

However, a better way is probably to start with a deeper analysis, so that any change is long lasting, and that you feel content with the change rather than feeling that it is imposed upon you.

Better Step One

Start by examining your current Lifestyle. Sit down in a quiet space and take a moment to reflect on your current situation.

Are you happy?

Do you really need your current level of consumption in order to be happy?

Be honest with yourself, if you are not truly happy then its time to change something in your life. And while you are changing that, see if you can do it in a more environmentally friendly way.

Are you on the right track in your life

Many people work in order to live the life they want to live when they retire.

What would your ideal day be like?

Imagine that money is not an issue for you. Describe in detail what your ideal day would consist of.

Now think about how you can start to include elements of your ideal day into your actual daily routine

Things to examine

Diet

Clothes

House

Health

Transport

Resource usage

The main areas of use of resources individually

Accommodation

Electricity

Depending on where you live your electricity may be generated from

Nuclear

Nuclear fuels are not a renewable resource, if we base our generation on them we will have the same problems we currently have when oil runs out. Although Nuclear does not generate CO2 there is the danger of another nuclear accident like Chernobyl, is it worth the risk?

Coal/Thermo Electric

It may be possible to liquefy coal and in the combustion process clean up the emissions, however, there will always be CO2 produced.

Hydro Electric

Essentially Hydro Electric is solar energy, rain falls because the sun evaporated the water, however, large areas of arable land or forest are flooded. Also the design life of a hydroelectric dam is between 50 and 100 years, before it silts up.

Solar

The design life of a solar panel is 20 years. Also the energy needed to make the panel needs to be taken into account.

Wind

Wind turbines can kill birds.

Wave

Waves are created by the wind, so essentially it is harvesting wind power. The power of the sea is immense, so much so that it is difficult to design something that resists the force of the sea, also the power may not be available all year round, and is obviously only available in coastal regions.

Transport

When we talk about transport we should first think about the fuel that powers it.

Gasoline

We are probably past peak oil, and the remaining oil will be more difficult to extract.

Should we go to war for oil? Or just look for another alternative?

Natural Gas

It may be cleaner when it combusts, but its still a fossil fuel and will eventually run out.

Fuel Cell

The combustion of Hydrogen is attractive, it creates water. However, how does Hydrogen get created? Electrolysis of water creates Hydrogen, but requires Electricity.

Electricity

As battery technology progresses this option is becoming more and more attractive.

Clean, silent, and depending on how the electricity was generated, green.

Airplanes

Aircraft that use kerosene contaminate, and leave their contamination in the upper atmosphere, where it causes more harm. Electric aircraft may one day be a reality, but don't hold your breath.

  • Fly less

Car

  • Choose a green fuel from the fuel options above
  • Car sharing

Public Transport

  • Use it!
  • Petition Local Government to improve the service

Food and Drink

Some food are produced in a more sustainable way than others

Buy food grown locally.

Meat

  • Reduce the amount of meat you consume.
  • Eat organic meat
  • Go vegetarian.
  • Go vegan.

Eggs

Poultry

  • Eat Free Range Eggs

Soft Drinks

Soft drink production has been linked to the destruction of tropical rainforest.

Bottled water

For every liter of bottled water that you drink two liters of water are used (wasted) in cleaning the bottling plant, and producing the plastic bottle, and a quarter of a liter of oil was used to produce the plastic bottle and transport the water to you.

Also the water that you are drinking may be just tap water in a bottle.

Is bottled water any cleaner than tap water? There have been several [cases of contamination of bottled water[(http://TODO/)

Clothing

Many brands in order to reduce costs use factories in developing countries.

See How many slaves do I have?

Goods

Services