To combat climate change, a Toronto-based architect said personal actions have more of an impact than most people would think. Lloyd Alter teaches sustainable design at Ryerson University’s School of Interior Design. He is also the author of the book, “Living the 1.5 Degree Lifestyle: Why Individual Climate Action Matters More Than Ever.”
A study from 2019 in Europe found that household consumer behaviour was responsible for 72 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. The biggest components of household emissions were car usage, meat and dairy consumption, and home heating. For some Canadians, it may not be practical to cut down on those things.
Alter explained that “The biggest offender for Canadian households is basically their cars. We buy big cars. We put a lot of gas in them. We drive longer distances than other people,… Obviously that goes way down if people start doing things like biking and walking instead of driving.”
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