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Extreme sport en klimaatneutraal leven

Extreme sport en klimaatneutraal leven

Allison Gannet (45) is wat we noemen, een stoere tante. Ze is een ex-wereldkampioen extreme freeskiing en ze werkt binnen het Klimaatproject van Al Gore. Het aardige aan Allison is dat ze niet alleen kan skiën maar ook een duidelijke klimaatboodschap verkondigt, een simpele methodiek die je zelf kunt toepassen om snel resultaten te boeken als het gaat om klimaatvriendelijker leven. Ze verkondigt een vierstappenplan; CROP.

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WHAT YOU CAN (AND SHOULD) DO

Alison Gannett’s four-step program (C.R.O.P.) to save our snow—and YOUR money 

C: Calculate your carbon footprint Go to carbonfootprint.com, a website that calculates your annual contribution. You can save the results and make updates as you get greener.   

R: Reduce your footprint Aim for a 10 percent annual reduction. Replace incandescent bulbs with CFLs or LEDs. Get a home energy audit, often free from your power company. Choose grass-fed beef and locally grown food without packaging. Eat organic, buy used goods, recycle and compost. Carpool, take public transportation, walk, bike. (Purchasing a fuel-efficient vehicle doesn’t improve your carbon footprint as much as you think; manufacturing a new car can emit up to 100 tons of carbon dioxide. Air travel is another big offender: One roundtrip flight can add two tons to your yearly total.)

O: Offset your footprint Whatever carbon you can’t eliminate can be offset. Purchase offsets at terrapass.com or carbonfootprint.com. Your donation helps fund carbon reduction projects, such as reforestation efforts and construction of wind and solar farms. 

P: Produce your own power Buying wind credits or installing photovoltaic solar arrays is great, says Gannett, but don’t do it before reducing your carbon footprint: “These systems use a lot of carbon to manufacture.” Not to mention they’re expensive. Gannett suggests trying to cut your carbon footprint in half, which will lower the electricity demand of your home. Do this first and you’ll spend a whole lot less when it comes time to go solar.

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