Picture this — your carbon emissions as plastic straws

My list


I have littered the equivalent of 15 plastic straws every second, for hours on end, day after day. That’s how much climate pollution our family car littered out its tailpipe on the highway. But I didn’t appreciate how shockingly huge my polluting was because I couldn’t see it. Once I started picturing my fossil fuel CO2 as the equivalent amount of fossil fuel plastic litter, it completely changed my understanding of our climate pollution emergency, and my motivation to do something positive about it.

Climate pollution’s invisibility cloak has allowed Canadians, like myself, to emit dangerously huge amounts without even noticing. Here’s a visual carbon tour of what we are doing and some of the plastic litter visualizations I use to make it real to me.

+INFO: Canada National Observer

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