We all would leave our beaten tracks just a little bit and change our habits? Then, we could save a large amount of the 14.24 metric tons CO2* that each and everyone (!) in the USA produce on average per year. And it does not even have to be the huge change to your lifestyle like “I am a vegan now” or “I will never fly again” – which would of course have a major impact but is just not feasible for a whole population.
There are other ways. For example, the daily shower. If, for example, people in Germany would skip a single shower that would mean saving 8.7 gallons of water and 0.5 kg emissions per person**. For a population of 83 million that would mean more than 43,000 metric tons CO2 for the whole country. That equals about 180 flights from Frankfurt to Palma de Mallorca – just to give you a comparison. But it gets even better.
Wow. Of course we knew that the organic and Demeter cultivation of our coffees is much more climate and soil friendly. But this study was surprising even for us.
According to the geographers of the University College London*** the emissions from the sustainable cultivation of coffee are at best only a quarter of the emissions from conventional cultivation. And if you go one step further and put oat or pea milk into your coffee instead of cow milk that is even more environment friendly.
So, one thing is clear: Climate protection and a green(er) way of living does not mean sacrifice. It only takes a little bit of courage, a washcloth, and definitely good organic coffee.
If you are interested in the whole topic of having the courage to change something: Check out this article.
** The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry assumes in a rather prudent valuation, that Germans take an average of 200 showers, each 6 minutes long, a year. Per minute, 10 liters (2.64 gallons) of water flow through the shower head, which are heated up to 37 °C (98,6 °F) comfortable temperature – mostly with fossil fuels. That makes 33 liters (8.7 gallons) of water and 0.5 kg emissions per day for a single person. (Source: Zeit online – translated from German)