Commonly asked questions about We Make HASTE:
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. Delaying action towards sustainability makes achievement more difficult.
Q: What is We Make HASTE trying to accomplish?
A: 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 own needs without making it harder for future generations.
Q: What is human-induced climate change?
A: Human-induced climate change results from carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels and releases of methane and some other gases. These gases reflect heat back to earth that would otherwise go out into space. Human activities have increased the amount of these “greenhouse” gases in the atmosphere to levels not present for at least hundreds of thousands of years. The amount of heat trapped in the atmosphere and the surface of the oceans is increasing rapidly. These higher temperatures (added energy) 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 which restaurants in your area have sustainable practices. You can also carefully choose what you order at a restaurant to have a smaller carbon footprint. Consider picking a vegan or vegetarian option. Ordering less meat, particularly red meat, is an easy way to live more sustainably when you go out to eat.
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 may be half of your carbon footprint, so choosing to eat foods that have a small carbon footprint really does make a difference. Meat, and red meats in particular, have a high carbon footprint. Reducing red meat 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 the carbon footprint of food.
Q: How can I make a difference? I don’t have any extra money.
A: Some of the ways to live more sustainably can save you money. Shop for in season fruits and vegetables. These are the items that are often the least expensive. 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. Carpooling to work and 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:
Q: How can I make a difference? I don’t have any power.
A: You do have the power to act and to educate yourself. Vote if you can. What you choose to buy and use, how you choose to act, and how you discuss these issues 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. You can be one of the many important parts of the solution.