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By Angela Crocombe

‘We needs to search to enormously lessen the heavy tread of our footprint upon the earth; another way, our youngsters and our grandchildren can have little or no wish of having fun with a liveable planet.’

Angela Crocombe believes that international warming is the largest challenge dealing with humanity at the present time, and that every folks has an important half to play find an answer by means of decreasing our actual influence in the world.

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

Subjects lined contain carbon offset schemes and lighter-footprint strategies for a way we use delivery, strength, water and nutrition, family items and home equipment, and personal-care goods. It additionally presents a variety of information for recycling, for development and renovating sustainably, for carrying out moral funding, and for constructing lower-impact workplace practices and extra in charge trip and occasion administration.

A Lighter Footprint empowers each one folks, and gives us with the capacity to alter our ingrained behavior and substitute them with extra sustainable behaviour.

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If need be, get the entry-level Green Power package, which is cheaper, and switch to a higher percentage of accredited renewable energy later on. Call your electricity supplier today and switch over to Green Power. It’s easy and will make a huge difference to your greenhouse gas emissions. 47 Carbon offsetting Even if you don’t have a Green Power supplier in your area (currently the case only for some Northern Territory residents) or you don’t want to change your current supply for any number of reasons, you can leave your electricity bill as it is and offset your emissions through a carbon offsetting company.

They are up to 70 per cent efficient and must comply with Australian standards regarding their flue gas emissions. You can get slow combustion wood heaters in a variety of sizes, with large convection models that use a fan to distribute heat up to 130 square metres. 60 A LIGHTER FOOTPRINT 4 ENERGY Heating: Electricity versus natural gas Electricity Natural Gas positives positives You can offset your emissions through Green Power. Gas is much cheaper than electricity to run. Electric heaters don’t produce polluting gases in the home.

In this chapter I will look at how you can minimise your footprint by being smarter with your use of cars, airlines, and public transport. Many suggestions are easy to do and some involve big, one-off purchases, but by incorporating at least some of them you will make a reduction in your personal footprint and you may even discover a newfound love for riding a bicycle, or the joys of a leisurely stroll ... 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.

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