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One Tonne Life
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Hi Hannah, what’s it like to live the One Tonne Life?

The Lindell family have now spent just over two months living their carbon-lean life. They have experienced some trials along the way and learned a lot. We catch up with Alicja, Nils, Hannah and Jonathan to find out what they think thus far. Hannah was recognised by the Minister for International Development Cooperation, has won a cheerleading competition and feels that so far it’s been pretty easy to live a climate-smart life.

What do you think about the fact that the graph showing your emissions has fluctuated so much since January?
“It feels OK. The graph climbed when we were in Åre but we’ve now started eating more climate-smart, and we can see that the curve is going down.”

Did you get a shock over the high emissions during your holiday in Åre?
“No, not really. It’s not all that difficult to appreciate that we’re going to have high emissions when we live in a hotel and eat at restaurants all week long.”

How do you feel when you get the results?
“I was on Facebook the day the 3-tonne figure was recorded, so that felt good. Now we’re moving ahead – and down.”

What’s been most fun?
“I thought it was cool when Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson came to our school and she said she recognised me from the newspapers!”

What was it like meeting her? What did you talk about?
“We sat in a group and chatted with her. She was there to listen to us and find out what we thought about sustainability and the environment. She’d already heard about One Tonne Life and felt it was a great project.”

You attended Slottssprinten, a world-cup competition for cross-country skiing around the Royal Palace of Stockholm. What was that like?
“I haven’t really been all that interested in skiing before, but everyone was there egging on and supporting the competitors. Vattenfall was the sponsor, that’s why we were there. We were standing beside Prince Carl Philip, and Princess Viktoria and Daniel were also there cheering. I won a competition where you had to shake your iPhone with a “cheering” app developed by Vattenfall. You can select a cowbell sound, for example, and the idea is to stand and shake your mobile phone so it makes the appropriate sound. It measures how much energy you use in the process. I posted the result 28 times on Facebook so my page was full. That’s why I won.”

What do you think will be the biggest challenge this spring for reducing your emissions still further?
“Coming up with other issues that we have not yet thought about. So far we’ve done the three easy, big things: we’ve moved into a house, started driving an electric car and started eating a more climate-smart diet. The question now is what else we can do apart from these things.”

But surely eating climate-smart isn’t all that simple?
“Actually, I think it’s quite easy. Just avoid meat and eat lots of fish and chicken, which we do anyway. And of course eat root vegetables and always what’s in season.”

So no problem, then. What do you think your emissions will be at the end of the project?
“Well, the truth is that we’ve already dropped by four tonnes, so the rest might feel easy. But the fact is we have a long way to go yet, so I’m guessing 2 tonnes.”

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