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Environmental dimensions of sustainable lifestyles

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Environmental dimensions of sustainable lifestyles
Environmental dimensions of
sustainable lifestyles
Arthur Dahl
International Environment Forum
Focus on individuals
Looked yesterday at the big picture
Now we can focus on the question
people always ask:
What can we do as individuals?
Water
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Consumption: washing, bathing, laundry
Gardening
Sanitation
Pollution
Energy use
Economy, efficiency in:
• Heating
• Cooling
• Cooking
• Lighting
• Appliances
Can we reduce our emissions of CO2?
Transport
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Motor vehicles
Public transport
Bicycle
Walking
Reduce the need for transport
Food
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Fast food or organic
Local or fair trade
Nutritional balance
Pesticides/hormones/antibiotics
Meat or vegetarian
Genetically-modified organisms
Clothing
• Natural fibres: agricultural impacts
• Synthetic fibres: persistent, nonrenewable
• Socially-responsible manufacture
• Changing styles or full use
• Brand names and fashions
Housing
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Location
Materials
Health impacts
Energy efficiency
Social effects
Recreation/tourism/
entertainment
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Impact on natural environment
Transport
Ecotourism
Constructive or destructive
Aesthetics
• Beauty
• Natural versus man-made
• Respecting cultural diversity
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