Summary of How to Live a Low-Carbon Life

The Individual's Guide to Stopping Climate Change

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How to Live a Low-Carbon Life book summary
Businesses and governments have no incentive to stop global warming. Instead, individuals must change their lifestyles.


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Despite the strong evidence for global warming, neither industries nor governments are changing their assumption that the world has an inexhaustible supply of inexpensive fossil fuel. Instead, individuals will make the difference, because consumer desires fuel the business cycle. In chapters that cover daily activities such as home heating, cooking, travel and use of appliances, Chris Goodall explains how you can reduce your carbon emissions from an average of 12.5 tons per year to three. Though the book sometimes bogs down in an overabundance of information, charts and formulas, getAbstract recommends it to individuals and organizations who want to learn how they can make an immediate difference.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why individuals rather than corporations or governments must lead the effort to reduce greenhouse gases
  • Which elements of your lifestyle add the most carbon to the air
  • How to reduce your carbon footprint


The Carbon Habit
In Great Britain, the average person is responsible for the emission of about 12.5 tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere each year. About half of those emissions represent the individual’s share in the general economy, such as farming or manufacturing. You emit ...
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About the Author

Chris Goodall is the Green Party candidate in Oxford West and Abingdon. He runs a telecommunications software firm, and serves on the UK Competition Commission and Utilities Appeal Panel.

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