Right about now, you're probably wondering something along the lines of "what the FUCK does she mean by that headline?" Well, I have something very important to share with you as your resident lazy Millennial work-hater.
Much shorter working weeks needed to tackle climate crisis – study
People across Europe will need to work drastically fewer hours to avoid disastrous climate heating unless there is a radical decarbonising of the economy, according to a study.
The research, from thinktank Autonomy, shows workers in the UK would need to move to nine-hour weeks to keep the country on track to avoid more than 2C of heating at current carbon intensity levels. Similar reductions were found to be necessary in Sweden and Germany.
The findings are based on OECD and UN data on greenhouse gas emissions per industry in the three countries. It found that at current carbon levels, all three would require a drastic reduction in working hours as well as urgent measures to decarbonise the economy to prevent climate breakdown.
This article doesn't speculate on how these studies would apply to the U.S., but considering the fact that we're one of the worst nations when it comes to carbon emissions, we should probably reduce work hours even further. Five hours per week maybe?
This might sound like a joke, and don't get me wrong, it is funny, but the studies are very serious. As serious as climate change, which very well might wipe out all of humanity. Or worse, everyone but the ultra rich. And I know that U.S. culture has tied how much you work to character and morality for centuries. But I need everyone to understand something incredibly important and spread the word. I'm gonna say this in the biggest font that Blogger will allow.