Voices: Participants practice what they preach
The media has a responsibility to inform the public about climate change. And right now, the media are not doing enough.
People at the Beyond Kyoto conference are not only talking about global CO2 emissions. Some also practice what they preach on a personal level. Simple things the average person can do to reduce his own carbon footprint.
Amdi Schjødt Worm, Rob Bindels, Andreas Fischlin and Jørgen E. Olesen changed some of their everyday habits to create a better environment.
The four climate fighters say they believe that everyone can make a difference; most people are not aware that they can do a lot to reduce CO2 emissions.
To make people aware of the amount of CO2 they emit and what they can do to reduce it, the Danish Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Transport and Energy launched the One Tonne Less campaign in 2007.
The campaign aims at informing all Danes that they cause CO2 emissions through their lifestyles,
but more importantly that they can do something about it by simply changing some of their everyday habits. By changing habits every single Dane can cut their energy usage by one tonne each year.
One Tonne Less
The One Tonne Less campaign will continue until the end of 2009. So far more then 78,000 employees have agreed to reduce their CO2 emissions, equalling a reduction of over 104,000 tonnes.
10 things you can do to change the world:
- Turn off appliances on ’stand by’
- Wash your clothes at a low temperature
- Take shorter showers
- Use a bike or public transportation
- Turn off the lights when you leave your house
- Don’t let the water run when you brush your teeth
- Be sure that your house is well insulated
- Use green energy
- Eat less meat
- Turn your heater down by one degree
By Anne-Meike van den Berg