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How can city dwellers help with climate change? Buy less stuff.


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The New York Times
SOURCE: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/06/cities-climate-impact-consume-less.html
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City dwellers in 96 of the world’s biggest cities alone make up a hefty 10 percent of all global carbon emissions each year.“People tend to forget that most of the products we consume and our personal carbon footprints are imported from elsewhere to give us a great life in the modern cities we live in,” says Jeroen van der Heijden, an expert on climate and government at Victoria University in New Zealand.“If we truly want to make a meaningful contribution to cutting carbon emissions, we must do much better than building green houses. Every intervention that helps people buy less new stuff adds up, pushing a city's emissions down.The transformations have to happen in a way that cuts from the individual consumer all the way up to the big players like the utilities who serve a city, says Patricia Romero-Lankao, an expert on cities and the environment at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado.“Yes indeed we need to change the way we use energy, heat houses, think of our sense of comfort—which is a cultural thing—buy clothes, all that,” she says.

As said here by Alejandra Borunda