Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Reducing your diet-related carbon footprint

by: Candice Keast

Diet and lifestyle changes are on the minds of many Canadians, especially since the release of the new Canada Food Guide and the EAT Lancet Commission's summary report on a "planetary diet." With resources like these cleaning our proverbial house before taking on the world is essential.

According to research conducted by the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO). The average Ontarian consumes roughly two kilograms of food and drink per day, equivalent to spending $3,400 per year.

Source: Centers for Disease Control
The greenhouse gas emissions generated by the food production chain are significant - and growing. A major source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is from farming. Methane from livestock agriculture is a more potent GHG than carbon dioxide (CO2), which means that your carbon footprint will be much higher if you consume a lot of red meat (e.g. beef, pork and lamb). In addition to GHGs produced from farming, emissions from the transportation of our food - often referred to as food miles - and from food waste also contribute to the bigger GHG emissions picture.

Find out what can you do to reduce your diet-related emissions after the jump.

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint: Air Travel and Climate Change

by: Byron Lee

Editor's note: We continue our Reducing Your Carbon Footprint series, inspired and informed by a report from the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario. In our previous post, we discussed how you could reduce the carbon footprint of your daily travel choices.

Whether boarding an airplane for your dream vacation, a business trip, or for visiting your friends and family, these marvelously fast metal tubes soaring through the sky may be great for speedy travel, but are detrimental to our climate. Air travel is responsible for approximately 2% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions – if it were a country, it would be among the top 10 emitters in the world. Not to mention air travel is one of the fastest growing sources of GHG emissions with an annual growth rate far higher than population or GDP growth, according to the Environmental Commission of Ontario's (ECO) report.

Find out more, including how to mitigate your emissions from air travel, after the jump.