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Climate change and the good life

More local life = more happiness? Photo: Helena Wahlman/imagebank.sweden.se.

Often when climate change and what we need to do about it is discussed, the ideas end up in two boxes.
1: We will surely find fantastic new technologies which will solve all our problems in no time – and we can go on living like we have “always” done (or, maybe more correctly, as we have lived during the last ten years).
Or, 2: The only way to reduce our emissions enough is to live a sad life with a lot of sacrifices, eating cabbage and remembering the happy days when we all went for shopping weekends on the other side of the globe…

But, asks a new report from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, what if there is a third way to see things? Yes, we need to make big lifestyle changes, in order to reduce our climate impact, and also in order to adapt to a new reality. And what if these lifestyle changes can actually influence our quality of life in a positive way?

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