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While politicians reject climate initiatives, such as the Green New Deal, it is proving to be within the limits of our ability as a species to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions – and continue to provide a pleasant quality of life for every human being. Earth.

New research has found that if we address the inefficiencies and structural inequalities in global society, 10 billion people could enjoy a “decent” quality of life, while using only as much energy as in the 1960s, reports Earther.

All of this could be provided by renewable sources. In other words, researchers say that slowing down climate change is possible and feasible.

For much of the world, this rebalancing of quality of life would be an improvement, according to research, which was recently published in the journal Global Environmental Change. But for rich nations, and especially for the United States, it would mean living in smaller houses and eating much less meat.

Such changes are possible, but study co-author Julia Steinberger, a researcher in sustainability at the University of Leeds and the University of Lausanne, says it would be a major cultural shift in consumerism in developed countries.

For today’s largest per capita consumers, such as the United States, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates, the study’s authors predict 95% reductions in energy consumption. There are strict limits on consumption and not just the use of the elite of private jets and yachts.

“There may be shorter working hours because we don’t work more hours to create more things for the ever-expanding markets or to consume more,” Steinberger told Earther. “It can be more time for families, for leisure, for things that, for many people, are what really matter.”

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