Screw light bulbs : smarter ways to save Australians time by Donna Green

By Donna Green

Australia was once the 1st state on the planet to formally ban quaint incandescent mild bulbs as an answer to weather swap yet was once it a good suggestion? in truth does something we do in Australia relatively make any difference?

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We need to ask ourselves hard questions about how well we’re building our cities and towns to cope with more people, particularly in terms of things like transport and water supplies. We need to consider how much native bush and farmland we want to keep or bulldoze. Until we do that, we’re operating without any kind of plan for the future. Having said all that, the importance of population in driving climate change is regularly exaggerated. Whether deliberately or not, some campaigns about the links between over-population and climate change 45 Screw Light Bulbs sometimes come close to suggesting that the problem would largely go away if people in Africa and Asia would just stop having so many kids.

The problem is that those sorts of tips blatantly ignore the bigger picture, which is that our direct use of electricity and transport accounts for only about a fifth of a household’s total greenhouse gas emissions. The remaining four-fifths are generated by our consumption, mainly from the energy and resources that go into the goods and services that we use. To be fair, when you’re trying to come up with snappy fridge magnet–style tips, it’s much easier to say ‘change your light bulbs’ than to try to explain more complex ideas about the benefits of becoming a smarter consumer and opting for quality over quantity.

Anywhere between 40 to 100 years. It’s not exactly an instant replacement. That’s a major problem, given what the science shows about the need to reduce emissions now, particularly as so many greenhouse gases remain in the atmosphere for decades. Then there’s the issue of permanence: how do you guarantee that a tree planted this year doesn’t die in a drought or bushfire? More reputable offset companies are trying to deal with that problem by planting extra trees as insurance. But the fine print of product disclosure statements can be revealing, with many companies reserving the right not to replace dead trees even in the event of major losses.

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