We have been hearing that shorter workweeks could be better in terms of efficiency and productivity during years.
Well, not only that; recent studies show a shorter workweek will help to tackle the climate crisis. The amount of hours reduction needed would depend on the current situation in different cities, but simply not taking transport every single day could make a huge difference.
According to an analysis made by the University of Massachusetts “if we spent 10% less time working, our carbon footprint would be reduced by 14.6%, largely due to less commuting or grabbing high-carbon convenience foods on our breaks. A full day off a week would therefore reduce our carbon footprint by almost 30%.” A multi-national study by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology of the environmental impact of consumers found that the stuff we buy is responsible for more than 60% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, and up to 80% of global water use.
Everyone agrees. A Green Deal is much needed; and a shorter workweek might be the first step.