Personal action to reduce . What people belief and that’s fact, see here:

What does not at all mean that you can continue on using plastic bags! That’s a statistic of CO2 consumption. A plastic bag that’s thrown away into nature or the oceans has, of course, a much higher impact on the environment.

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Thanks very interesting. i recently saw an ad poster by the german government pushing this so called personal climate responsibility, but in fact this chart and the ad both miss the industries responsibility and chances for saving up co² …

Interesting! Where does the figure come from?

@tobi love to find you'd already made the comment i was about to make!

Well it isn't a problem as long as trash doesn't end up in nature.

Some stores in Denmark charge a refundable deposit (»pant«) for plastic bags.

@tobi that's interesting, but also th numbers can't apply everywhere, for example in France where electricity is well decarbonated

you don't reduce the usage of plastic bags because of CO2, but because of a waste problem

this is highly misleading

@tobi very good, although I find pretty absurd to omit "not using your car" 🚗

Or, to put it from the reverse perspective, "choose public transport". That requires good public transport in first place, of course! That's not a personal action, though, and it means political responsibility is on governments. I'm not a fan of personal responsibility for climate related issues that are inherently political.

@tobi just for the sake of always assuming images in the internet can be wrong, can I have source?

@tobi meat consumption also drives a lot of methane production. we should really endeavour to wean ourselves off of meat. i've been working to reduce the amount of meat in my diet over the past few years. hoping that synthetic alternatives intersect with this soon, they look increasingly promising.

@tobi Nice summary! always like a good diagram (with references included!).

At one of my previous jobs I would occasionally get sent out at public events with what we used to call the co2-shop. People would get a shopping basket, and were guided to pick up sandbags with weights proportional to the co2-footprint of various life-style choices.

Many people would defend their long distance vacationing by eating less meat, getting 5 kg sand bag in your basket was an eye opener :-)

@tobi I'd be surprised if people think they can reduce CO2 by using fewer plastic bags. But I'd imagine that those concerned try to reduce plastic bag usage in order not to pollute the oceans.

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