Adopting a sustainable lifestyle: lessons from the brave


Living a sustainable life is not a walk in the park. It is a complex process for governments, organisations and individuals alike and has many ups and downs. It is sometimes hard to know exactly which of our choices are truly sustainable. Also, we often face difficulties when trying to adopt a sustainable way of life. Some people experience such changes more actively with such changes and we can learn a lot from them:  what motivates their…

1.5 ° Lifestyle options discussed by more than 100 citizens of 5 European countries – which lifestyle changes were acceptable for our lab participants?


During our Citizen Thinking Labs (CTLs) we exposed more than 100 citizens from 5 European countries to a set of low-carbon lifestyle options to evaluate A) whether they were already implementing them, would be willing to implement them in the near future, or would reject the options, and, B) what the reasons for their choices were.

Walking the talk: small(er) footprint project events to extend our impact


Just this year (in 2023), the EU 1.5° Lifestyles project team will organise close to 20 project events: various thinking labs, Delphi workshops, a European stakeholder workshop, etc., in different countries, involving altogether quite a few people. Therefore, our impact can be big, not just in terms of what we talk about at the events, but also related to how the events are organised and how their delivery and logistics influence our participants…

Emissions overshoots against 1.5° climate targets in 2030 and 2050


Countries, companies and other coalitions are setting climate goals to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to ‘net zero’ or limiting them to a 1.5° compatible level as set by the Paris Agreement. Individuals may wonder about their contributions to these climate goals. Can an average EU resident achieve a 1.5° lifestyle… without making lifestyle changes?

What's in a footprint?


Many people have heard of a carbon footprint. Maybe they have taken one of the many online tools to calculate their own or have seen it calculated for a product they were buying.  Maybe some are sceptical because they have read that oil companies were behind its development to place the responsibility for reducing emissions on individuals. But what is a carbon footprint really, how do we go about calculating it, and how can it be useful in…

Are you 1.5ing yet? – A Student Thinking Lab on climate-friendly lifestyles


On September 15th 2022, three students from the University of Münster co-organised a “Student Thinking Lab” dealing with 1.5° lifestyles, as part of their studies. The workshop was aimed at students from different higher educational facilities and fields of study in the area around Münster. It focused on sharing information about sustainable lifestyles and discussing structural barriers to sustainable lifestyles (and how to overcome them)…

Gamifying EU 1.5° Lifestyles in the 17th Annual Researchers’ Night


We as a society in Latvia are poorly concerned about climate (European Commission, May – June 2022), and also, we often are reluctant to participate in discussions and connect climate change reduction initiatives to our lifestyles. This is the reason why we – Green Liberty team – prefer to use gamification as a technique to gain increased attention of society to urgent global issues, including climate lifestyles. The gaming elements that we use…

Travel without flying


The CO2 emissions of flying have been a hot topic for several years now, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic when the amount of flight travel decreased momentarily (UN News, 2021). In the meantime, discussions on alternative ways of travelling have surfaced. But how convenient is it to travel by train in Europe? During spring 2022, when it was time for our first in-person meeting in Germany with the EU 1.5° Lifestyles partners, my colleague…

Sustainable lifestyles: Personal motivations, external challenges and facilitators


The latest UNEP Emissions Gap Report (2021) and IPCC sixth assessment report (2022) show that it is possible to limit the global temperature rise to 2.2°C if the net-zero emissions pledges are fully implemented and, thus, they call for immediate action both from the production and consumption-side. The  projections show that policy-makers, businesses and society need to take effective measures to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and…