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Climate Change and Health

05 Dec 2016, 05:36 AM
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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
a)
b)
etc
2) What that person thinks he or she would really consider doing herself
a)
b)
c)
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

Rainer Sauerborn

Climate impact interview

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Interview subject one:

Question One: what are the things an individual can do to reduce their individual carbon footprint:

a) use more public transport
b) walk more often for short distance journeys
c) improve home energy efficiency
d) use less short-haul flights
e) change car to a more energy efficient (less polluting) model
f) cycle to work
g) change diet to remove beef

Question Two: What that person thinks he or she would really consider doing herself:

b) walk more often for short distance journeys
c) improve home energy efficiency
f) cycle to work

From my conversations with the interviewee there is clear need for both local policies to ensure that the infrastructure is in place to support individual aspirations toward more sustainable living, for example:

  • people will be more including to use public transport if it is well planned, efficient, cost effective and well maintained.
  • people will be more included to cycle to work if employers provide suitable facilities for cycle stores, lockers and changing facilities.
  • people would be more inclined to walk for short distance journeys where pedestrian routes are safe, well-lit, well segregated from road vehicles, and well planned to incorporate wildlife/green corridors (incorporate ecological services in terms of health benefits, noise reduction, tranquil and quite spaces, etc.)
  • while planning legislation needs to mandate the highest standards of home energy efficiency in new-builds, Government grants and funding schemes need to be continued to fund retro-fit and refurbishment projects aimed at reducing energy wastage, heat loss, air quality and health.

In summary, people appear to understand how they could help to reduce their overall impact on the environment (and their carbon foot-print), but factors, such as, their socio-economic background, will determine their willingness to effect change without other instinctive triggers.

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