Hi there, Ricardo here. Needless to say, Climate Change is real and if we want to avoid destroying the planet, including ourselves, something's got to change.
Whilst figuring out how to reduce my footprint on the planet, I realised how poorly organised and presented all of this information was. I was overwhelmed and confused, no wonder no one knows what to do.
So I collated all the information I could get my hands on, summarised it in one-liners (because apparently that's the only amount of information we are able to consume without getting distr... PING new Instagram follower! Oh, wait, what was I doing again?
All the information presented here is based on the best possible sources I could find online. I'd love to stop saying "I", and start saying "Us" - if you have time and energy, I'd love your help — just get in touch.
Or: what the heck is that thing next to the changes?
One of the issues I had was figuring out what the impact of a change was. Is a reusable cloth bag the same as taking the bus to work? After exploring multiple directions of how to visually represent this impact (I'll admit it, at one point there were trees involved), I took inspiration from nutrition score systems such as Nutri-Score (widely used in France). If there’s an international standard for this I completely missed, get in touch, I'd be happy to change mine.
Here’s how the score gets calculated:
- A: more than 10,000 kg CO2
- B: between 10,000 and 1,000 kg CO2
- C: between 1,000 and 100 kg CO2
- D: between 100 and 10 kg CO2
- E: less than 10 kg CO2
It's not just you
See those flying globe icons? They're a random selection of people who have visited this website in the past. They're meant to show you that you're not alone in this, and that small changes add up to a big impact. Social scientists think the same. Because only desktop mouse cursors can be recorded, the mouse cursors you see on tablets and phones are a resized replay of past session.
Wait, aren't organisations and governments to blame?
This article mentions that a recent report found that just 100 companies are responsible for 71% of global emissions since 1988. This website isn't saying the opposite, and there's so much companies (and governments) have to do. However, both companies and governments are made of individuals which, if equipped with the right information, can have a big influence. The goal of this website is not just to inform, but to also create a way of living.
This website tries to be eco itself. By being mostly black and lightweight, devices require less power to run it. It's also a static website. That means that the pages aren't generated on the fly by a server for you, but they are the same for everyone. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to deploy this on a host that only uses energy from sustainable sources, but that's in the pipeline.
This is far from the only resource on the internet. Here’s a list of places where you can read more about this subject and how to contribute:
- The Emergency - by the Extintion Rebellion
- We Won’t Save the Earth With a Better Kind of Disposable Coffee Cup
- The climate mitigation gap: education and government recommendations miss the most effective individual actions
- Your Questions About Food and Climate Change, Answered
- The Ultimate Guide to Creating Less Waste
- The Ecological Footprint of Fish
- Personal choices to reduce your contribution to climate change
- Human society under urgent threat from loss of Earth's natural life
- Ten simple ways to act on climate change
- Explore the relationship between forests and several key themes critical to sustainability and the health of our future ecosystems.
- The tricky truth about food miles
- The Carbon Majors Database
- Climate change isn't the only issue individuals can make an impact. Hopefully, we'll be able to add other types of changes and find a way to gauge what their impact is comparatively.
- Change is global, English is close, but not quite. I'd LOVE if you could help me translate this to your native language.
- There's A LOT of information missing, both changes and their impact.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
List of contributors: Luís Sismeiro, Renata Monteiro, Rita Bernardo, Rita Goulão.