The Emissions of Things

Originally posted on Facebook – Brenna Quinlan

What do a home loan, a new laptop and a short domestic flight have in common? Well they all emit between 100 and 1000 kilos of carbon dioxide equivalent.

And did you know that the world cup can emit more carbon than a bushfire? And then there are the world’s data centres…

If you’re interested to know more, check your library for the book #howbadarebananas. It’s an interesting and illuminating exercise. And it’s empowering to see how our choices rank alongside the choices of our elected representatives. Seeing the emissions of various behaviours clarifies the impact of our daily decisions, shows us where our efforts are better spent, and highlights the power of systemic and policy change.

Brenna Quinlan

More about this Permaculture Illustrator, her collaboration with Rosemary Morrow, David Holmgren, Dan Palmer, and Hannah Moloney. She is part of the Formidable Vegetable teaching team for the School Permaculture Tour program run in association with Resource Smart Schools Victoria, and she regularly teaches and collaborates with Milkwood Permaculture on their various projects – and check out her Art as Activism works.

Tom Danby, Moonee Valley Sustainability, 2020