New online app to fight climate change

New online app to fight climate change

FutureFit is available for anyone wanting to make a change. Photo: Kasharn Rao)

Kiwis will be able to arm themselves against climate change with a new online app called FutureFit.

 FutureFit measures an individual’s impact on the environment through carbon calculations, and helps improve their carbon footprint by tracking goals such as composting, taking shorter showers, and buying in-season produce.

It also encourages proactivity by allowing Kiwis  to compare their progress with others.

Wellington City councillor David Lee started using FutureFit last year with a carbon footprint of 6.2 tonnes. He has reduced this to 5.69 tonnes.

Lee said reducing our emissions was not just the job of government sectors or industry. “We all have a personal duty to reduce our own carbon footprint.”

Developed by Wellington City Council in partnership with Auckland Council, FutureFit aims to contribute to New Zealand’s goal of reaching 30 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

It was trialled by 500 people over three weeks in October last year, and resulted in saving 62.3 tonnes of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of driving from Wellington to Auckland 453 times.

FutureFit was officially released at the Climate Leader Symposium in Auckland last Monday.

Auckland councillor and chairperson of the environment and community committee Penny Hulse thinks cynical New Zealanders will feel more confident they can make a difference.” This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to reduce climate change impact in an innovative way”.

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