Mike Berners-Lee is the founding director of an associate company of Lancaster University which specialises in organisational responses to climate change.
There are lots of ways to whittle away at our carbon totals, it’s all achievable and doesn’t mean a life of sackcloth and ashes. Mike Berners-Lee’s carbon footprint listing throws up some surprising calculations, the increased carbon footprint of baby vegetables versus their more knobbly grown-up relations, the high totals for rice, the importance of eating in season and what staggered me is the huge carbon footprint of cut flowers and the accumulated totals for an average Christmas. And that’s not to forget our last act – dying and the carbon footprint we leave as a legacy. It’s serious stuff but the author’s enthusiasm for his subject is most infectious, there is pleasure to be had in cutting down and changing our way of life, a view he most successfully conveys.Like for Like ReadingSix Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet, Mark LynasThe Weather Makers: Our Changing Climate and What it Means for Life on Earth, Tim Flannery