Assuming that the average shoe size for women is an American 7 (European measure 37.5), John Henry Lonie uses national per capita carbon emissions data — the average American emits 19.5 tonnes of CO2 per year, the average Brit emits 9.2 tonnes, and the world average per person is 4.5 tonnes — to calculate that the equivalent “carbon dioxide emission – shoe size.” For the average American woman it is 18.5, for the average British woman a 9, and for the average world citizen it’s a size 4…
“You can imagine someone tromping around the earth” Lonie says, giggling. “Most people would think it quite funny if you put on a size 18 shoe and started walking around a flower garden. You can just kind of get an idea of the impact you would have on the world if your shoe size is 18, not a size 7.”
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