Exercise Ch 3 Unit 2: Interview someone
Dear course participants
I would ask you to make an interview with a friend or family member. Find out what they think THEY can contribute personally to reduce their own carbon footprint. Then ask them to rank their options according to their preference to actually change their behaviour or whatever they suggest. For example: I would stop eating meat first, then I would turn down the temperature in my apartment . etc- etc.
Please write in the Journal for this interview just the answers your interviewee gave you:
1) what he things an individual can do to reduce their individual carbon footprint
2) What that person thinks he or she would really consider doing herself
Everybody can and should share their interview results and maybe add a comment of their own about the interview, the reaction of the interviewee. In any case, please write down as a minimum 1) a... and 2) a...
Good luck. looking forward to your answers
Personal Contributions to Carbon Footprint
1 ) Possible Individual Reductions
a) reduce the emissions from personal transport
- use public transport when available
- walk or use a bicycle whenever possible
b) avoid air travel for vacations
c) buy local products
- buy products that are produced locally. they don't have a large emissions from transport
- buy local groceries when they are in season. Avoid groceries that have been transported over long distances or that where kept in cooled storage
2) Personal Contributions
The person interviewed, is considering using all using all options detailed above. Some options are already used by the interviewed person. The most difficult option for the interviewed person is the option of avoiding air travel for vacation purposes. Since the environmental damages are not included into the air traffic costs, many vacations including air fair are often cheaper than local travelling in the home country.
The interviewed person is aware of the damages of carbon emissions and of personal contributions. Problems are seen with the more expensive, but carbon friendlier options.