Thursday, 27th May, 2021: A group of researchers and practitioners from seven European countries has launched the EU 1.5° Lifestyles project. Its main aim is to foster the mainstreaming of lifestyles in accordance with the 1.5° aspirational climate target and to facilitate transformations sought by the Paris Agreement and the EU Green Deal.
Today is the Earth Overshoot Day, the day of the year when global demand for ecological resources and services exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. To make an analogy, today we have spent all our annual income, from tomorrow we start eroding our savings.
As the main financial, corporate and commercial centre in South America, São Paulo is the most influential Brazilian city and the most populous one. The city faces enormous challenges in different areas. In the mobility sector, subway and train lines are not enough to attend the population’s needs for commuting, bicycle paths are very scarce and not often provide the security needed for cyclists and the car traffic is very intense.
In transitioning towards sustainable lifestyles, one might legitimately ask what is the indicator of a sustainable lifestyle? Or how much carbon footprint we shall reduce. Our research on 1.5 Degree Lifestyles has tried to answer some of these questions by identifying the globally unified carbon footprint targets that can contribute to the ongoing global efforts in limiting global warming below 1.5 °C.
Building upon the work of ‘1.5 Degree Lifestyles: Targets and options for reducing lifestyle carbon footprints’ the Envisioning Future Low-Carbon Lifestyles and Transitioning Instruments is a Demonstration Project through the United Nations’ One Planet network.
The composition of carbon footprint changes considering different households and individuals depending on personal values, needs, aspirations, and lifestyles. Not everyone needs to live the same way, but – at least on average – everyone must live within a sustainable threshold.