I would like to contribute to FFF (Fridays for Future) in my own way: by sharing one concrete action per week that YOU can do, and which I am trying to do, for combating climate change.
FFF week 10: Consume less
WHY: Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when, according to calculations, people’s consumption exceeds the Earth’s biocapacity, or the capacity to generate renewable resources and process the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels. Finland already passed its own Overshoot Day last Saturday on 10th of April, which means if all people in the world would consume like people in Finland, we would need about four planet earths. It is estimated that when the corona crisis eases people will spend all the money they have saved while being at home, on shopping, which might be “great for the economy” but is terrible for our planet!
WHAT CAN I DO: Consume as little as possible. Buy second hand as often as possible, and things you need seldom you can rent or borrow. Take care of your possessions and electronics and prolong their life. If all Europeans for instance would use their phone one year longer than they do now, we would reduce our CO2 emissions by 2 million tons! (The same amount of emissions that 2 million cars make!).
Any personal tips on how to consume less? Please share!
|Cecilia Damström Helsinki 2021. Photo by Tuuli Solhagen