The Aveiro Totems are a visual representation of our carbon footprint resulting from the following actions and items. Each meter of the sculpture’s height corresponds with one ton of CO2e.

BURNING OF AN 40 YEARS OLD TREE (1 TON)

BUYING A LAPTOP (0,4 TON)

RETURN FLIGHT LISBONA-NEW YORK (1,8 TON)

ANNUAL PERSONAL PLASTIC WASTE (0,17 TON)

10 PAIRS OF JEANS (0,3 TON)

YEAR OF CAR USAGE (2,4 TON)

ANNUAL PERSONAL FOOD WASTE (0,5 TON)

SMARTPHONE + YEAR OF USAGE (0,15 TON)

YEAR OF NOT BEING A VEGETARIAN (1,5 TON)

Every step towards addressing the climate crisis is desirable. But is every attempt equally effective? Totems in Aveiro are a set of sculptures that start the conversation on a conscious and informed efforts to manage our carbon footprint. Today your personal annual carbon footprint is more or less 10 tons. In 2050 it should be zero. Responsibility for reaching that goal is both on nations, businesses and us - individuals.

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2050 goal

European Comission

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Carbon footprint calculator

Carbon Footprint

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How do I start reducing my carbon footprint?

New York Times

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