Label every product clearly with its carbon footprint
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The world is going through an environmental crisis caused by over-consumption. We need to know the environmental impact of the things we buy.
All products are made from, and created using, our planet's finite resources - these are now under immense pressure. The long term impact of mass global production is causing irreversible changes to our planet. If we could easily know the environmental cost of everything we bought we could make better purchasing decisions.
We all love avocados, but they require thousands of litres of water to grow and need to be flown by air from abroad, if we knew they have 5x the environmental impact of a banana we may buy less of them. There's a traffic light system to clearly understand the nutrition of food, why not the environmental impact? Likewise a pram, a T shirt, a TV, or a flight... everything has an impact, and that should be made clear: On labels and tallied at checkouts.
By enforcing a carbon footprint label (like the Carbon Trust) consumers will have a standard by which to compare products, make better choices, and hold manufacturers and brands to account. Our politicians need to act now and make this measure compulsory. There's not time left for wrong decisions.
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