First posted: Saturday, July 15, 2017 07:42 PM EDT | Updated: Saturday, July 15, 2017 07:46 PM EDT
And even that won’t save you from man-made climate change
If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau really wants to save the planet from man-made global warming, he should tell Canadians to stop having kids, don’t drive, don’t fly and don’t eat meat.
Those are the four most efficient ways of reducing industrial greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change in the developed world.
By contrast, the “solutions” pushed by Canadian governments and educators, such as recycling and switching to energy efficient lightbulbs, while they may be “feel good” exercises, are insignificant.
This as reported by University of British Columbia PhD student Seth Wynes and Prof. Kimberly Nicholas of Sweden’s Lund University, in their paper, “The climate mitigation gap: education and government recommendations miss the most effective individual actions” published last week in the journal, Environmental Research Letters.
The biggest saving by far comes from having no children, or fewer of them.
Every unborn child would save the average Canadian family 58.6 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions annually, compared to 0.213 tonnes by recycling.
Going carless saves 2.4 tonnes, compared to 0.1 tonnes by replacing incandescent lightbulbs with energy efficient ones.
Avoiding one transatlantic flight per year saves 1.6 tonnes of emissions, compared to 0.247 tonnes by washing clothes in cold water.
And switching to a plant-based diet saves 0.8 tonnes of emissions, compared to 0.21 tonnes by hanging your clothes out to dry instead of using a dryer.
Despite this, Wynes and Nicholas report, “we find that 10 high school science textbooks from Canada (covering seven provinces, with 80% of the population) largely fail to mention these actions — they account for 4% of their recommended actions — instead focusing on incremental changes with much smaller potential emissions reductions.”
Further, “government resources on climate change from the EU, USA, Canada, and Australia also focus recommendations on lower-impact actions.”
Thankfully, the researchers don’t recommend our governments force Canadians to have smaller families, although this is a common refrain among radical environmentalists, whose love for humanity is surpassed only by their hatred of people, save for themselves of course.
In that context, consider China’s “basic dictatorship” (which Trudeau says he admires), which only abandoned in 2015 the infamous “one-child policy” it imposed in 1979.
But that didn’t stop China from taking credit at international meetings on climate change for decades, arguing its one-child policy had prevented 300 million births, the equivalent of the U.S. population, and saved 1.3 billion tonnes of industrial carbon dioxide equivalent emissions annually, based on global average per capita emissions of 4.2 tonnes.