We probably all know someone who has cut back on red meat or quit flying to help the planet. But there’s a growing cohort of people taking the idea of a green lifestyle to an extreme in a bid to help the planet. In London activist Rosalind has quit long hot showers and central heating, in America climate scientist Peter won’t even take a ride in a petrol or diesel car, and in Canada design editor Lloyd cycles everywhere, even in three feet of snow. After speaking to them all I decided I had to give a carbon diet a go. I start out with the aim of targeting the one tonne a year, which gives me a daily budget of 2.74kg of carbon to play with. But I quickly realised I’ve blown my day’s budget just going into the office. The return journey, which involves a train and tube ride each way, adds up to about 3.6kg of emissions. Add my morning shower into the mix, which is about six minutes long and 180g of carbon, and I’ve already overshot by an entire kilo.
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