1. It takes 9 calories of fossil fuel-based energy to provide 1 calorie of food in Australia.
2. Each day the average Australian family uses 15 to 20 kWh of electricity created primarily from burning coal, the production of which creates 5.5 to 7.3 tonnes of CO2 a year.
3. In developed countries the average daily water use per person can be as low as 30L. The world average is 139. In Australia, the driest country in the world – it’s 300L!! But our use doesn’t stop there, industry and agriculture consume much larger amounts on our behalf!
4. Most families turn over 200L of drinkable water into sewage a day. That’s 73,000L a year.
5. Every L of petrol used creates enough emissions to pollute 10,500L of air!
I chose each of these stats to put on the post as each one of them we can have a direct influence upon in the way we live our lives.
My Answers –
1. Grow your own and buy local grown produce.
2. Be wary of your own consumption, and look at alternate ways of generating your personal energy – we are looking at solar.
3. Put in a rain water tank, use it for the garden, dig up as much lawn as you can, it uses way too much water, put buckets where you have taps and catch the water.
4. Put a flippin’ brick in your cistern, and even then only flush with a half flush button. In fact we have gone even further and flush our toilet with a bucket of water from our shower. You could go the extra mile and look into some of the amazing domestic dry toilets on the market now…NO they don’t smell!
5. Sell off one of your cars, catch more public transport, ride your bike, walk, buy a scooter!