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24. How many household members avoid wasting food (or an adult avoids it for them)?

Many people do their best to avoid food wastage because they are conscious of others who are hungry, or simply because wasting food is a waste of money. These are good and sufficient reasons, but wasting food also causes a pointless increase in carbon emissions.

Food production accounts for a very large slice of global carbon emissions due to mechanized growing and harvesting techniques, transportation, refrigeration, and so on. We currently might not be able to avoid most of those emissions - we need to eat! - but we don't need to add to those emissions by wasting food.

25. How many household members have short showers or small baths (most of the time)?

Showers account for most of the carbon emissions caused by our hot water systems, and also a significant slice of total water usage, so keeping showers short saves energy as well as water. We minimize the carbon emissions caused by heating water if we use cold water to wash our hands, for example, and whenever hot water is not really necessary.

You are doing even better if you also have a water-saving showerhead. A 3 minute shower with an ordinary showerhead uses around 60-75 litres of water. With a water-saving showerhead, it uses around 21-30 litres.

26. How many household members have planted trees? (for food, shade, and/or sequestering carbon)

Planting trees is something we can all do to reduce the amount of carbon emissions in the atmosphere. We can plant deciduous trees as a source of shade in summer to reduce the need for air-conditioning, and plant fruit trees as a source of food to reduce the overall food miles in what we eat. But most importantly, trees draw down and lock away (sequester) some of the excess carbon that is already in our atmosphere.

If you have no space to plant trees but do have some spare time, you might like to get involved in a local re-vegetation project or volunteer to grow seedlings for a program such as Trees for Life.



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