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2021 SUSAINABLE LIFESTYLES

ONLINE CAMPAIGN

#ClimateCampaign

This month we’re going to talk about the Climate Crisis.

But what do we exactly mean with “crisis”? 

So, let’s get some concepts right to make things more clear!

GLOBAL WARMING: the long-term warming of the planet.

 

Is an increase of the Earth's surface temperature that

cannot be attributed to natural causes.

 

It’s well-documented that from 1880 the average surface temperature has risen about 1 °C.

This raise started in the second half of the 18th century with the industrial revolution and the most have been observed since the mid-20th century.

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CLIMATE CHANGE: includes global warming, but refers to the wider range of changes that are happening to our planet.

 

These include: rising sea levels; shrinking mountain glaciers; accelerating ice melt in Greenland, Antartica and the Arctic; changes in flower/plant blooming times.

 

These are all consequences of the warming, which is mainly caused by humans’ activities that emit heat trapping gases, called greenhouse gases (GHGs), into the air.

Rising levels of GHGs upset the natural systems that regulate our climate and lead to more extreme weather.

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CLIMATE CRISIS: climate change will transform our world during our lifetimes. If we do nothing, that transformation will be profound.

This transformation – the process of climate change and its many effects on our world – is called climate crisis. 

This crisis is already manifesting itself now: more frequent storms and floods in some parts of the world; increasingly longer drought; glaciers melting at record rates; rising sea levels.

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So where are the Greenhouse Gases emitted from? Let’s take a look to the chart in picture. 

 

FACT: Clearly, energy production for industry use, commercial and private buildings, and transportation, contributes to the majority. 

Private persons: take a look to the contribution of emissions from road transportation, from aviation, and from energy production for residential buildings...

 

INFO: Emissions from petrol and diesel burning for road transportation come: 

60% from passenger travel (cars, motorcycles and buses) 

40% from road transportation (lorries and trucks). 

If we could electrify the whole road transport sector we could reduce global emissions by 11.9%.

 

Sustainable life TIPS: Use public transportation and biking as much as possible! If you really need a car, prefer Electrical Cars over petrol-powered cars.

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Climate change affects us all. Everyone can and must contribute to climate protection.

Moving from your car to public transport is the first and perhaps most important step.

Use public transport = protect the climate!

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Vienna has been the most livable city in the world for over 10 years.

The public transport system makes a significant contribution to this.

Vienna public transport Wiener Linien is constantly working to further improve public transport

as a pioneer for a climate friendly future.

Every passenger of Wiener Linien thus also becomes a climate protector by travelling with public transport

and ensures more clean air, less noise and also more space for people.

• Here some FACTS:

1. Public transport uses its space 4 times, and the subway even 20 times more efficiently than private transport.

2. On average, a car can carry 1-4 people, a tram can accommodate more than 200 people and a metro up to 900 passengers at a time.

3. The underground produces only 3% of the CO2 equivalent emissions in private transport. Those who switch to #publictransport save up to 1.500 kg of CO2 per year.

4. Thanks to the price of 1€ per day about 822.000 people travel with an annual ticket. That means: more public trasport's annual tickets than cars' registrations.

5. Around 80% of passengers travel electrically thanks to trams, metro and E-buses. From 2020 Vienna has likely become the first European city to have large (12m) electric buses in regular service.

6. In the innovation in the bus fleet the environmental point of view was a priority, i. e. that the new vehicles had to be much greener, more comfortable and quieter than the old ones. Now the Euro 6 buses reduce #co2 emissions by 44%.

take a look to the chart in picture. 

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FACT: As we know by now, energy production for private buildings contributes to the majority of total human activity related emissions.

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CAUSES: The electricity and the heating for our private homes are generated by burning oil, gas and/or waste which emit the most amount of GreenhausGases, and from Renewable Sources such as wind, dams and solar which are cleaner and emits much less GHG gases.

Different countries produce their energy from different sources, almost always a mixture of fossil fuels and renewables, while a few countries also generate electricity by atomic energy.

IN VIENNA: we’re fortunate to be able to choose where the energy for our household is produced from. E.g. with

Wien Energie you can choose the sources of your energy to be only from renewable sources to reduce your own GHGs emission.

TIPS for sustainable lifestyle:

reduce Carbon Emissions an cut down your energy bills by saving energy every time you can:

• turn off the light when you leave a room and replace traditional lights bulbs with LED ones that are more energy efficient and environmentally sustainable

• unplugg any electrical appliances that you are not using (phone chargers, hair dryer, stereo, printer, etc.) or use a power strip with a switch to unplug the connected devices when they are not in use

• start a washing load when the machine is full. The clothesline is still the best alternative to dry the laundry in an energy-saving way

• use the Eco program if your appliance provides it. If it doesn't, try to clean at lower temperatures as this will save energy

• replace old appliances with new one that meet the latest energy efficiency classes: the A++ extension consumes 60% less electricity than energy class A.

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FACT: Did you know the 2° largest portion of total human-induced greenhouse gasses emitted come from agriculture, forestry and land use?

The biggest contributor to these is raising livestock -

(animals raised for meat, dairy and eggs)

CAUSES: Livestock contribute to emissions in several ways.

Ruminant livestock – mainly cattle – produce methane through their digestive processes: this gas is released into the air every time they belch.

Their manure also release a large amount of greenhouse gases during decomposition: especially where many of these animals are kept together in confined spaces, their manures are piled up together and the lack of oxygen produces more methane gases.

The process of land cleared for raising livestock for pasture or for producing animal feed: land-use changes often lead to soil degradation, which in turn releases greenhouse gases retained prior to the land use change.

TIPS for a sustainable lifestyle: reduce meat consumption and switch to plant-based foods. Science has shown that plant based proteins are not inferior to animal-based proteins. And there are plenty of delicious recepies to follow with plant-based foods.

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FACT: Do you know that agricultural soils are the 2° biggest greenhouse gases contributor to the emissions from agriculture, forest and land use?

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CAUSES: Nitrous oxide – a strong greenhouse gas – is produced when synthetic nitrogen fertilizers are applied to soils. This includes emissions from agricultural soils for all agricultural products.

 

Depending on the management practices used on croplands, carbon can be lost or sequestered into soils: this affects the balance of CO2 emissions. CO2 can be emitted when croplands are degraded or sequestered when they are restored.

 

Generally, crop lands that practise organic and regenerative agriculture are well managed to preserve the soils.

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TIPS for a sustainable lifestyle: choose to purchase organic products. Organic products come from croplands that do not use synthetic nitrogen fertilizers and are generally preserving the quality of the soils.

 

By doing this, we are helping not only to reduce climate change, but also to protect biodiversity in the ecosystem around agricultural land.

18 March 2021

GLOBAL RECLYCLING DAY

Of the earth’s natural resources, we tend to think of six as the most important: water, air, oil, natural gas, coal and minerals.

These resources represent the foundation of our very existence.

All our food, all our belongings ultimately come from these six elements.

Today, humanity can’t survive without them.

However, these natural resources are finite and rapidly running out. Once they’re gone, they’re gone forever.

We are carelessly using the earth’s natural resources without thinking about what will replace them,

while billions of tons of waste pour into landfill sites every year.

A simple solution to this is RECLYCLING – the ‘Seventh Resource’, which can be used again and again.

 

Recycling helps to:

• Combat climate change

• Boosts local employment around the world

• Conserve the earth’s six precious primary resources

There is no doubt recycling is on the front line in the war to save the future of our planet and humanity!

Please, save our planet and our humanity, RECYLE!

In this video you see a short part of our 7 days Waste Reclyling Challenge.

(For the full video check our Original Green Music!)

22 March 2021

WORLD WATER DAY

The World Water Day was established by the United Nations in 1992.

This day is about what water means to people, its true value, how we can better protect this vital resource and raises awareness of the global water crisis.

Water is a precious resource.

The value of water is about much more than its price – water has enormous and complex value for our households, food, culture, health, education, economics and the integrity of our natural environment. If we overlook any of these values, we risk mismanaging this finite, irreplaceable resource.

Without a comprehensive understanding of water’s true, we will be unable to safeguard this critical resource for the benefit of everyone.

Some example:

• less then 3% of world’s water is drinkable of which 2.5% is frozen in glaciers, Arctic and Antarctica;

• water can help fight the climate change;

• and not to forget, did you know that 6 out of 10 people worldwide live without adequate sanitation, while 3 out of 10 people are not reached by adequate water supply?

Humans are misusing and polluting water faster than nature can recycle and purify it in rivers and lakes.

Do not take water for granted! Please use and treat it wisely!

Check UN-Water for further information! 

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FACT: deforestation is the 3° biggest greenhouse gases contributor to agriculture, forest, and land uses' emissions.

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CAUSES: In order to grow, forest absorbs carbon from the air, keeps it in trees and soil, and releases oxygen into the air. When forests are cut down this "carbon sequestrating effect" is cut down too. Even worse, part of the carbon kept in trees and soil is released into the air as greenhouse gases.

Our TIPS for a sustanable lifestyle:

• Engage in petitions and campaigns that fight against logging and other reasons for deforestation;

• Consume less food with intense land-use, such as animals: you will help reduce the need for agriculture to invade forests;

• Last but not least, when you visit forests or woods: no littering and no damaging to the trees and plants living there!

FACT: Man-made greenhouse emissions contribute to climate change. But individuals can make a change since there are many ways to reduce emissions. 

Our 1° TIP for a sustainable lifestyle:

take the train, not the plane !

Your carbon emissions will be sky high if you fly frequently!

Europe is home to some of the world's

most beautiful train stations.

Travel with train means travel environmentally friendly without stress, but it can also mean adventure and fun!

What do you think?

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INSPIRATION from Vienna,

the greenest city

ÖBB offers any choice of trains (Intercity, Eurocity, Railjets, Suburban), taking million of passengers and goods to their destinations in an environmentally friendly way every year.

 

100% of the electricity used on the railway lines is produced using sources of renewable energy!

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With Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB)

You can book a ticket in the quiet zone and working, or watching a movie thanks to the free WiFi and the seats equipped with electrical outlets.

Or just relaxing and enjoying the view while you are drinking coffee.

You can enjoy some food from the restaurant and always stretch your legs.

 

You will be ready to go at final destination right in the city centre!

You can also choose to travel comfortably overnight and arrive the next morning, fully relaxed.

Family can take advantage from the family zones and sport people can take their bicycle along on most local and long-distance trains.

Our 2° TIP for a  sustainable lifestyle: move to a green bank!

Choose a bank that understand that:

“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

A bank that invests in the type of things you agree with, don't let your savings for the future being used to make that future worse! In this way your money will help slow climate change, create jobs and drive green industries.

How do you see this?

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Our 3° TIP for a sustainable lifestyle:

get active and Vote!

One of the best ways to improve climate change is to help get into office those who will fight against it.

This means voting for legislation and politicians that aid against the devastating effects of climate change.

Many corporations use politicians to lobby against legislations that would require more regulations against them. Voting the right people will help pass legislation that allow to fight against corporations that are mainly to blame for climate change.

Could that be a good chance?

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Our 4° TIP for a sustainable lifestyle:

learn more about your carbon emissions.

Find out more about your emissions and where you can best reduce them by using an online “carbon calculator.”

See the one at www.carbonfootprint.com to estimate your use by your activities;

or use Climate Action Studio's calculator at www.2030calculator.com to estimate it by product.

We can consider placing an upper limit on the amount of CO2 we will allow ourselves to emit into the atmosphere within a given timeframe.

Sound interesting?

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FACT: Waste is the 3° greatest emitting sector.

At least 25% of today’s global warming is caused by man-made methane emissions.

The total emissions caused by food waste as a nation ranks just behind the total emission of USA and China.

CAUSES: waste most significantly ends in water and landfills. Landfills are the place of final disposal where waste converts to methane when it decomposes. Methane is a greenhouse gas 84 times more effective in absorbing heat than CO2.

Our TIP for a sustainablel ifestyle are:

change some habbits.

“best before” label doesn’t mean time to throw;

prepares recipes to empty the fridge;

use your creativity: there are many ways to make the most out of leftovers;

learn how to properly store food;

and: dispose food waste it into the separate bin for composting or biogas production in your local city.

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