1.5-Degree Lifestyles

1.5-Degree Lifestyles

The 1.5-degree lifestyles programme investigates the impacts of consumption and lifestyles on climate change and introduces a science-based approach to link concrete changes in lifestyles to measurable impacts on climate change.  This work is central in our ability to meet the 1.5-degree aspirational target of the Paris Agreement.

Most policy approaches for meeting climate targets rely on the hope for new technologies – such as negative emissions technologies – and on changes in production. This often underestimates the contributions of lifestyle changes. The 1.5-degree lifestyles work fills a gap in the existing research by establishing global targets for lifestyle carbon footprints, examining current consumption patterns and their impacts on footprints, and evaluating potential reduction impacts of low-carbon lifestyle options.

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In a world with a limited and fast-shrinking global carbon budget, coupled with vast inequalities, how do we allocate the remaining carbon allowance in a manner that is fair while drastically decreasing our footprints within a limited time frame to avoid irreversible ecological damage?

The new report, 1.5-Degree Lifestyles: Towards a Fair Consumption Space for All, addresses this question head on. The report launch featured Johan Rockström, Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Yamina Saheb, and more, all speaking to the importance of transitioning to 1.5-degree lifestyles

The Flagship 1.5-Degree Lifestyles Reports

1.5-Degree Lifestyles (2021)

Towards A Fair Consumption Space for All

1.5-Degree Lifestyles (2019)

Targets and Options for Reducing Lifestyle Carbon Footprints

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