As many of you know, one of the sustainability-oriented programs that Autodesk partners with is the Carbon Disclosure Project Cities Program. Last year we saw fantastic interest from the C40 cities and affiliates, with some important additional volunteer cities contributing carbon emissions data plus information about climate change-related strategies, risks, and opportunities.
This year, at a time when we've just hit 7 billion people on the planet, CDP is expanding their questionnaire to the 150 most populous cities. Additional cities are welcome to report their carbon emissions data and will benefit from seeing their name and information displayed and summarized right alongside data from the largest cities in the world.
What can you do? You can:
- Encourage your city to report data to the CDP Cities 2012 program
- Spread the word on twitter, LinkedIn and other social media sites
- Read the 2011 report and tell us what factoids you'd like to hear about in the 2012 report that comes out next spring
Some statistics for you...
- 7 billion people exhale approximately 7 billion kilograms of carbon dioxide per day
- It would take almost 222 years to read the name of every person alive today at a rate of one per second
- If we were to line people up on all 46,000 miles of US highways, the US highway system would be covered by a line of people end-to-end and 28 people across (assuming people are no thicker than a foot...)
- If every person was an average American, we would consume 7010 million cubic yards of water per day
- If every person was an average African, we would consume 201 million cubic yards of water per day
- There are approximately 534 million US tons of humans on the planet
- If we all stood on top of each other (like Yertle's poor minions) we would stretch to reach 1x10-6 light years. That's approximately 8% of the distance from the Earth to the Sun. Nuts.
- Those alive today will collectively experience almost 500 billion years of human experience.
- If every person consumed bottled water at the rate of US consumers, all 7 billion of us would consume 1.1 trillion (1012!) bottles of water per year equalling almost 14 million tons of plastic (estimating with 16 ounce bottles that each weigh approx. 12 grams when empty).
(If anyone finds any errors in my calculations, let me know...)