Sometimes science articles are awesome to read. This one touches close to my heart.
There are “low,” “moderate,” and “high”-impact choices that an individual can make if they want to lower their carbon footprint. Historically, governments and schools across the world recommend people to take “low” or “moderate”-impact choices (if we’re lucky). Examples of these include recycling and changing to more energy-efficient light bulbs.
This paper says that high-impact choices are:
- Having one fewer child
- Living car-free
- Avoiding air travel
- Eating a plant-based diet
These actions have much greater potential to reduce emissions than commonly promoted strategies like comprehensive recycling (four times less effective than a plant-based diet) or changing household lightbulbs (eight times less).
Check out the article here.