Three Steps to Cut Your Carbon Footprint 60% Today | Jackson Carpenter | TEDxAsheville

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Not all carbon is created equal. Writer Jackson Carpenter argues that the power to stop climate change rests on recognizing different kinds of carbon – a shift in perspective that allows us to change the world without changing our lifestyles. Jackson Carpenter has ten years’ experience working on solutions to climate change and the development of alternative fuels. He is a climate writer and member of the Collider in Asheville, NC, collaborating with scientists and businesses to address climate change. He is a coauthor of the Collider’s Business of Climate Report, and his upcoming book Carbon retells the story of climate change from a unique perspective that illuminates the commonsense solutions at our fingertips. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

8 thoughts on “Three Steps to Cut Your Carbon Footprint 60% Today | Jackson Carpenter | TEDxAsheville

  1. Why is there no mention of the largest source of fossil fuels of all: Animal agriculture. If people would be willing to move towards a plant based or fully vegan diet, we would have a more sustainable food system and healthier planet. Simple solutions.

  2. I dont agree I think we should all have more plants this would reverse the cycle the fastest. Carbon dioxide is the molecule in abundance and plants combat this. Stop cutting down the rain forest.

  3. We have a future. Our children have a future and they deserve the world at its best and not how we throw away empty energy (like fossil carbons). It is a dangerous source, hazardous and yes, we do have the POWER to change.

  4. you want to lower your carbon footprint "STOP BREATHING!!!!" ,and start fining the largest contributors like China and Rusha then maybe we might take you serious.

  5. The carbon cycle is well explained, but I could not disagree more with step 3) using bio fuel or ethantol. – Follow the first step (electricity provider renewable) Step 2 heating: it depends. In Vermont you can get wood, or in many European nations that are in the moderate climate zone, enough rain and mountain area to have a lot of forests. They have a tradition there to use wood for heating anyway, and the technology for it had a blast in the last 20 years.

    So that PARTIALLY replace the use of fossil fuel. It is completely impossible to satisfy all our energy needs for heating with plants, not even close.

    Avoid flying if you can, do car sharing, or drive with other people to work if you can or use public transportation.

    Eat less meat. Especially beef (METHANE !! Co2 on steroides)

    Stop eating fresh foods that are grown out of season in greenhouses that are heated !!
    (there are claims that the carbon footprint is not as bad, if it is imported – as long as the fruits are not flown in).
    Glasshouse tomatoes in winter have a large impact, because they need so much heat for growing them. (So if the U.S. imports them from Mexico or they are grown in California, that is O.K.
    Buy one of those switch off plug strips. to avoid standby costs – it adds up.

    Get a good water saving shower head for those long hot showers. (I am still searching)

    Switch to quality clothes but buy less.

    have an eye at hemp products (clothes they aregreat, very durable, like linen. Or insulation material …)

    Buy a car that uses less gasoline (no diesel). Or drive down a used car and have it repaired (human labour) waiting for the breakthrough in electric cars. There is a lot of "grey" energy that is used whenever something is produced. So being frugal and extending the life of things is a good idea.

    Tip for Europeans: if you like to drive fast and overtake a lot – slow down – it might cost you 5 minutes more time to move your car with much less energy. (and less risk of accidents).
    Satisfy your ego elsewhere or go to fun car race area on the weekend.

    If you can insulate your home do so, that needs a LOT of energy. (quality with mineral wool, styrofoam is somewhat cheaper, but mineral wool is more stustainable, can be recycled, helps with fire safety. Grenfell tower fire anyone !) In Germany the trend is to have thicker brick walls, instead of styrofoam. Good quality, nice to live in also in hot summer.

    Buy quality appliances, avoid throwaway products. (Grey energy ! the energy that is necessary to produce something, and the inevitable pollution that goes along. Even if it is produced in a country with high standards it DOES have an impact).

    If you CAN build an earthbag home consider it. Building with "dirt" requires much less energy than building with brick, concrete. Plus they insulate well.

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