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1. Little People, Big Problem

Average carbon footprint = 21.4 tonnes CO2e per person per year

You are a little person. You are only one of Australia's 25 million people, of the world's 7.7 billion. You are a microscopic drop in a heaving sea of humanity.

Climate change is a Big Problem. It is a huge, swirling vortex. There is nothing you can do about it.

But last year, Australia generated 534 million tonnes of carbon dioxide and equivalent emissions (CO2e). That's 21.4 tonnes CO2e per person.

We generate more than almost every citizen on earth, including the Kiwis, the Brits and the Fijians at 16, 8 and only 3 tonnes CO2e per person per year. Our planet's already warmed by 1°C. We're getting more bushfires, more droughts, more floods, more storms. If we want to survive, we must cut back.

Australia has pledged a 3% cut. It's not enough. If everyone follows our lead, the world will warm several degrees by century's end.

What about a 75% cut? What would a 5.5 tonne lifestyle look like?

I'm halfway through my year on a Carbon Diet. I'm cutting my footprint by 75%, running a different experiment each week. I've looked at food, rubbish, pets, flying and how to heat and cool your house. I've used carbon accounting to see what works. Join me on a treasure hunt around the festival to find out what I've learned.

THIS IS THE FIRST OF TEN INSTALLATIONS AT 'ART, NOT APART 2019'.
CAN YOU FIND NINE MORE HIDDEN AROUND THE FESTIVAL?

Lego kindly on loan from The Green Shed.

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