Some commonly asked questions about HASTE!
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Q: What does "HASTE" stand for?
A: HASTE stands for "Human Actions Save The Earth". By using this acronym, we also try to depict how vital speed is to our mission. We Make HASTE aims to make human actions save the Earth through education driven action.
Q: What is sustainability?
A: Sustainability is when one generation provides for their needs without compromising future generations from meeting their own.
Q: What exactly is human-induced climate change?
A: Human-induced climate change results from emissions from burning fossil fuels and releases of methane gas which have increased the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere to levels not present for hundreds of thousands of years. This is relatively rapidly increasing the amount of heat trapped in the atmosphere which, in turn, is causing numerous effects that combine into what is referred to as human-induced climate change. These impacts far exceed natural variability and cycles.
Q: What is a carbon footprint?
A: A carbon footprint is an expression for the amount of carbon dioxide that is released into the atmosphere from a single entity or activity. It can relate to a person, a family or a product. A product’s carbon footprint may be reported in pounds or kilograms of carbon dioxide. A family’s carbon footprint may be reported in tons of carbon dioxide per year. Larger carbon footprints correspond to greater contribution to climate change, sea level rise and ocean acidification.
Q: What’s the hurry; why does it matter if we take action today or ten years from now?
A: The earth is already experiencing observable impacts of human-induced climate change, sea level rise and ocean acidification. There are costs associated with these impacts. The longer that we take to reduce these impacts, the more damage that will occur, increasing both the direct cost of the damage and the costs to adapt to the changed conditions.
Q: I’m just one person. Does what I do really matter?
A: Everyone’s actions matter in many ways. When lots of people take even small actions, it can add up to a substantial impact. Also, by taking action, you set an example and other people learn from your example. As the sustainability movement grows by having a growing number of people take action, business and government will respond to meet people’s demands.
Q: I’m trying to eat more sustainably but we want to go out to eat. How can we do both?
A: There are restaurants that source their food locally and in more sustainable manners - by looking into the place you are going before you eat there, you can find out if there are such restaurants in your area. You can also carefully choose what you order at a restaurant to have a smaller carbon footprint, less meat, particularly red meat, is one way to do this.
One resource is www.eatwellguide.org. You can enter your zip code and find sustainable restaurants and other food outlets in your area.
Q: How can what I eat make a difference?
A: What you eat is a huge chunk of your carbon footprint, so choosing to eat foods that have less of a carbon footprint or that are grown in a sustainable manner, really does make a difference, even when it is just one person. Meat, and red meats in particular, have a high carbon footprint, eliminating these, or reducing them can drastically cut your carbon footprint. Sticking to locally grown fruits and vegetables, whenever possible, can also make a difference because transportation is a huge part of their carbon footprint.
Q: How can I make a difference? I don’t have any extra money.
A: Some of the ways to become more sustainable and make a difference are actually cheaper. Choosing what you eat, such as eating less meat and substituting with grains and produce is cheaper and has a smaller carbon footprint. Reusing products as much as possible is also an inexpensive way to reduce your impact. Buying from second hand stores is another inexpensive way to make a difference as well. Walking or riding a bicycle for short trips can also save money.
Q: How can I make a difference? I don’t have extra time.
A: Some quick things that you can do to reduce your carbon footprint include: making sure that lights are turned off when you leave a room, replacing incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs that last longer and use less energy, planning ahead so you consolidate all of your shopping trips into one so that you use less gasoline and less time, choosing to buy locally and sustainably at the grocery store, washing clothes in cold water, turning off the water when you brush your teeth, recycling everything that you can, and limiting food waste.
Q: How can I make a difference? I don’t have any power.
A: You do have power to act and to educate yourself - what you choose to buy and use, how you choose to act, and how you discuss these issues is with your family and friends is within your power. Start a conversation about sustainability with a friend or a family member and educate yourself on the issues and what actions you can make.