We are called to take faithful choices for a flourishing world. Please join us in making a pledge to live more sustainably, and help ensure a 1.5C future.
We invite you to share a personal commitment in at least one of three high-impact areas: transportation, energy use, and diet.
Each of these three areas represents an opportunity to save more than 0.8 tonnes of CO2 per capita per year. The corresponding data was compiled by Wynes and Nicholas as part of their study in the 2017 Environmental Research Letters, which compared all actions of one individual on a life cycle basis, under current average conditions in developed countries.
“These actions are really important because we need to get emissions per capita down to 2 tonnes per year by 2050 and for some of these actions we don't have easy technological fixes.”
Seth Wynes, co-author of the study in the Environmental Research Letters, 2017
What: Using a more sustainable method of transport. Moving towards a car-free life, and avoiding transport by airplane as much as possible.
Why: Living car-free for a year saves 2.4 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, while each roundtrip transatlantic flight avoided saves an additional 1.8 tonnes.
What: Most of the energy we use in our buildings for heating, lighting, appliances, hot water, and cooking comes from burning fossil fuels (coal, gas, or oil). We burn them either directly or indirectly through the use of electricity. Instead, one can switch to green energy tariffs, create one’s own renewable energy sources, and phase out energy from fossil fuels.
Why: Moving towards renewable energy sources can save up to 1.6 tonnes of CO2 per year per person.
What: Transitioning from a meat- and dairy-based diet to a plant-based diet, as well as reducing food waste.
Why: Eating a plant-based diet saves 0.8 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. This represents 4 times more greenhouse gas emissions per year than recycling. Plus, it is the most ethical approach, and also helps improve health and well-being!
Average values for developed countries based on current emissions.
This graph was developed by GreenFaith and is adapted from Wynes and Nicholas, 2017, Environmental Research Letter.