Unser Anteil am Klimawandel: Wie viel CO² produzieren wir jährlich?

Footprints Neil Baird

Jan, Architekt, 10.7 Tonnen CO²

Jan ist ein Architekt, der derzeit an der Entwicklung eines Konzepts für ein „Zero Carbon/CO²“ Gartenhaus arbeitet.

‘Climate change? It’s mostly our fault. And it’s going to be next to impossible for us to stop it because it’s got a momentum. The oceans are warming, and in the tundra of Russia and Canada the permafrost is melting which has a big store of methane that is starting to be released, and that’s going to accelerate. So there’s a kind of feedback loop taking place there. And in the oceans is a big store of carbon dioxide and a similar process is taking place there, they are beginning to release carbon dioxide as well. What the climate scientists have been saying about the increased levels of violent storm events and their frequency is already happening. And it’s going to get worse, and we’re less than one degree of global warming, and the graph – the trend – is speeding up. So I think we will hit and will go past 2 degrees. And if we get to 4 degrees, then that’s deeply serious stuff. It will mean massive rises in sea levels, and so the prospect for the next hundred years is looking pretty awful. And I’m glad I’m not going to be around. I don’t think there’s much we can do about it although we should as a matter of principle live lives that are low impact, even if there’s no hope. Which is the way I try to live my life. So I like to carry on what I’m doing in my little way. The alternative is we could all just ‘eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die’, which seems what a lot of people are doing, not thinking of the consequences. I don’t think we’ll reverse what we’ve done already. If we were to try, then yes, it could happen, but I don’t think we will try. I don’t see there being the effort required to make it happen by a sufficient critical mass of people.’

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