Governments agreed in Paris in 2015 to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C. To have a reasonable chance of meeting this temperature target, scientists estimate that everyone on the planet will need to have an annual ‘lifestyle carbon footprint’ of less than 2.5 tonnes of CO2 equivalent (tCO2e) by 2030 (and probably much sooner) – with further reductions in subsequent years.

With this in mind, Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR) have developed a set of ten evidence-based 1.5°C living targets that, when combined, will bring a person’s lifestyle in line with this carbon footprint. The goals were created for people living in the United Kingdom, but many of them can also be applied internationally.

SGR notes that many people will find it difficult to meet at least some of the targets. This emphasises the role of governments and businesses in doing much more to help bring them within reach.

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