EU project wants ‘Lifestyle changes to keep the world from warming up’

Posted: May 8, 2021 by oldbrew in climate, government, ideology
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Money to burn?

The supposed model citizen of the future will have a prescribed minimalist lifestyle pattern to follow, using as few resources as possible and generally living small under various restrictions not seen today, if this kind of thinking – backed by EU finance – is anything to go by. All to be determined with the aid of ‘citizen thinking labs’.
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Scientists widely agree that we must limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius to avoid catastrophic climate impacts, claims Phys.org. [Talkshop comment – ignoring all the scientists that disagree with human-caused warming theories].

Environmental scientist Laura Scherer investigates how we should change lifestyles to achieve this temperature goal.

Her research is part of the 4.8-million-euro Horizon 2020 project EU 1.5° Lifestyles.

“So far, even the most ambitious climate commitments by countries are far from enough,” says Scherer. “Efforts mainly focus on the production side, with the energy transition as a prime example. However, the consumption side is often overlooked.” This is where the new H2020 project comes into play. It focuses on the behavior of consumers: how should we change our lifestyles to contribute to a sustainable future?

A lifestyle change should be effective and feasible

“Eating less meat and switching from a car to cycling or public transport are excellent examples to reduce your climate impact,” says Scherer. “Other examples include avoiding food waste, avoiding air travel, living in a smaller house or buying energy-efficient household appliances.”

Suitable new lifestyles should be sufficiently low in climate impact, but at the same time feasible and socially acceptable, Scherer explains. “What is feasible and socially acceptable depends on the person and circumstances. In a flat country like the Netherlands, with a good public transport network and rather small cities equipped with bike lanes, it is easier to avoid using a car than in a country like the United States.”

Looking from different perspectives and consulting citizens

Therefore, Scherer and her colleagues will investigate the potential lifestyle changes from different perspectives: social, economic, political en environmental. Furthermore, they will also conduct citizen thinking labs to examine consumer preferences.

Scherer: “With those preferences in mind, we will define the best lifestyle changes to meet the 1.5° target. Besides, our results can guide policymakers, NGOs, and consumers and we hope that it helps in mainstreaming 1.5°C lifestyles.”

Climate and health: a win-win situation

The Leiden researchers will also look at the implications of such lifestyles on health. Adopting climate-friendly lifestyles seems to be a win-win situation, Scherer predicts. “For now, I rather see synergies. For example, eating less meat than typical in Western diets is good for both the climate and our health. Likewise, going by bike instead of by car is good from both perspectives.”

Full article here.

Comments
  1. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Good job we’re not in the EUSSR any more, then.

  2. Gamecock says:

    I’ve thought it over: I prefer to keep my lifestyle and let the world warm up.

    Gotta love democracy. Wait . . . what? I’m not allowed to choose? Some unnamed person in Brussels/Washington gets to decide ?!?! That can’t be right!

  3. dennisambler says:

    “living in a smaller house” So who gets to live in the bigger house I just left?

  4. ivan says:

    The idiot that thought this up is obviously a city dweller with the glib statement about getting public transport or riding a bike to work. Those of us that live in the countryside see those things as total stupidity.

    I forgot the UN Agenda 21 and 30 has everyone living in cities except the privileged few that live in luxury in the countryside. Besides, why should I change my lifestyle to keep some vegan harpie happy in La-La land when we could do with the odd degree or two warmer and more CO2 plant food in the atmosphere.

  5. stpaulchuck says:

    more stupid ideas from nihilists that want us all to die to save Mother Gaia

  6. oldbrew says:

    The EU will expect results for its 4.8 million euros.

  7. tom0mason says:

    Dear EU fascists a warmer world is a more naturally productive world.
    Increasing global temperatures by 1.5°C would be fantastic for the vast majority of nature, just like it was during past time when such temperatures were the norm. An additional plus of much more CO2 would help a lot to keep the planet going green with a vegetative boost..

    Onward to 1000ppm(v) CO2.
    Go green with increased CO2!

  8. oldbrew says:

    Environmental scientist Laura Scherer investigates how we should change lifestyles to achieve this temperature goal.

    Not ‘whether’, but ‘how’. The ‘whether’ has already been decided somewhere by the setters of the ‘temperature goal’. Known in the trade as a stitch-up.

    A token nod to the public will be the ‘citizen thinking labs to examine consumer preferences’, where you can inform the self-appointed climate masters which forms of social punishment you might prefer in order to meet their ‘goal’ 🥱

  9. Phoenix44 says:

    We already have “citizen thinking labs”. They are called economies and societies. Why do these people refuse to accept the choices we make and insist that if we only knew as much as they knew we would do as they say?

  10. Phoenix44 says:

    “With those preferences in mind, we will define the best lifestyle changes to meet the 1.5° target.”

    A statement of pure authoritarianism.

  11. cognog2 says:

    4.8 million Euro sounds like a dirty great carbon footprint to me. Particularly as someone has to produce the Euros in the first place.
    I expect this will be financed by the smoke and mirror use of Carbon Credits/Indulgencies.

  12. cognog2 says:

    Why does WordPress only allow me one line for my comments? This makes editing very difficult. Please advise.

    [mod] not aware of such a WordPress problem — comment boxes are expandable. Maybe related to your device?

  13. Phil Salmon says:

    I live in Belgium and our company has recently gone to an eco-idealist transport policy. Cars are only hybrid (plug-in). Incentives are given to move house (or flat) closer to work, being less than 10km away. One key message: “The best transport is no transport”.

  14. stpaulchuck says:

    cognog2 says:
    May 9, 2021 at 11:55 am
    —————–
    SOLVED:

    I had the same problem but now have the solution. Click the little icon in the far right of the text box until is shows the little crosshatch on it’s bottom right. That’s the ‘handle’ to stretch the box. Click-grab it and pull down until you get the size you desire.

  15. Ewing Caldwell says:

    Still worried about GW? (Global Warming). Dear dear. We seem to be heading (full speed ahead, Mr Philips), into a Geomagnetic Excursion. They have a tendency towards extreme cooling — not just a little bit but a lot, like an order of magnitude. And they last for long times.

    The Laschamp, the world’s most studied one, was very cold and lasted for well over 1000 years. The planet’s magnetic field has been giving us all the signals but nobody seems to have picked it up.
    Instead everyone seems to be intent on stirring the climate pot … If this is a Geomagnetic Excursion and it does go very cold, then lifestyle changes may be urgent. So don’t sell off your eskimo outfits — you might need them.

    The GE is slated to arrive between 2030 – 2050 (based on extrapolation of current magnetic decay). Neat. Right in time to watch all the electric vehicles fail. (Has anybody discovered that batteries stop working at 4 degrees Celcius? (and below.) That’s why I keep mine in my refrigerator… they last a long long time ,,,) And it could stick around for something like 1,000 to 2000 years. They don’t just pass through …

    There’s a lot we don’t know about it, like:
    Is it going to happen? (looking good so far)
    When is it going to happen? (2030 – 2050 so far)
    How bad is it going to be? – we’ve Got No Idea (GNI)
    How long will it last? GNI
    How low will temperatures fall? GNI
    How many will be made extinct? GNI
    Will the van Allen belts come down to ground level? (that could be very uncomfortable being cooked
    slowly from the inside …) GNI

    We do know it’s not caused by Mankind’s atmospheric emissions. In fact, we have no control over it at all. To survive it, we may have to go underground or move to Derinkuyu in Anatolia, Turkey.

    Making Fossil Fuels extinct might be very much not a good survival tactic.

    Think about it …

  16. Ewing Caldwell says:

    Still worried about GW? (Global Warming). Dear dear. We seem to be heading (full speed ahead, Mr Philips), into a Geomagnetic Excursion. They have a tendency towards extreme cooling — not just a little bit but a lot, like an order of magnitude. And they last for long times, hundreds to thousands of yours.

    So the EU is could be going to suffer some Climate Variation it isn’t expecting …

  17. oldbrew says:

    Ewing Caldwell says: Making Fossil Fuels extinct might be very much not a good survival tactic.

    We got a hint of that in the recent Texas freeze…

    Texas Power Freeze-Down Demonstrates Political Climate Craziness

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