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How does your score compare?

How does your score compare?

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So, you’ve taken the quiz and you’ve got your score. How do you know how it compares to others in your area?

So, you’ve taken the quiz and you’ve got your score. How do you know how it compares to others in your area?

How does your score compare?
So, you’ve taken the quiz and you’ve got your score. How do you know how it compares to others in your area? You’ve come to the right place.

Average scores per region

Right now, the average scores out of 100 look like this:

Norway – 55

United Kingdom – 49

California – 33  

New York – 31

Colorado – 30

Texas – 26

South Africa – 25

Why is my score so low?

The data mentioned in this article is based on the responses from people who took our quiz. And we imagine that someone who takes the time to fill in the quiz is already interested in sustainable living. So, while we will tell you the average scores of our quiz-takers, we assume there are a lot of people out there doing much worse, who aren’t even interested in doing better. Give yourself a pat on the back and keep on going!

Secondly, in order to get full marks (100 in this case) you’d need every single area of your life to be as sustainable as possible, for which the modern world simply isn’t set up. It’s frustrating. We know. Everyone in the Aurora team is on this journey with you. So rather than despairing at a score lower than you hoped, try to look for areas where you can improve, and start educating your friends and family about sustainability. We all live on the same planet, so we’re all in this together.

Why do you separate scores per region?

Great question, thank you for asking!

Different regions have different sources of power. For example, the South African power grid has almost no renewable energy powering it, meaning that someone who lives in South Africa will get lower scores on energy than someone using the same amount of electricity per month in Norway, where the grid is much cleaner.

There are also other variables like the price of fuel, fuel types, modes of transport, number of household appliances and home heating and cooling methods.

When it comes to the US, each state also has its own variations – for instance, we all now know that Texas runs off a different power grid to the rest of the country.

So, when you choose your region, you’re helping us make a much more accurate calculation for you.

What are the actual carbon emissions?

Another good one! You’ve got all the best questions today.

Average CO2 emissions in each location look like this, below. Since this is the average kg per quiz-taker per week, we’re aiming for lower numbers here – unlike the quiz score where the closer to 100 you get, the better.

United Kingdom – 36 kg per person per week

Norway – 40 kg per person per week

New York – 51 kg per person per week

California – 51 kg per person per week

South Africa – 54 kg per person per week

Colorado – 55 kg per person per week

Texas – 67 kg per person per week

These numbers are incredibly low compared to the last time we compiled a roundup like this. A silver lining from a year of staying at home? For comparison, in November 2020 the average emissions per region were:

Norway – 115 kg per person per week

SA – 150 kg per person per week

California – 205 kg per person per week

Texas – 288 kg per person per week

Now, can you tell me some fun facts?

Sure! Keep reading.

Our community doesn’t eat much meat

No surprise here, since most people who are interested enough to take our quiz probably have some awareness around the huge negative effect the commercial meat industry has on the environment.

South African quiz-takers average out to eating 2.5 servings of meat per week, followed closely by Texas at 2.3 servings per week, Norway at 2.2 and New York and Colorado both coming in at 2.1 servings per week. The least meat is eaten by our folks in the UK and California, tied at 1.9 portions per week on average.

A Harvard article from 2018 cites the average American eating five portions of red or processed meat in a week. And that excludes pork and chicken. We must have a lot of vegans and vegetarians in our Aurora community to keep our averages this low.

Norway recycles the most by a small margin

Norwegians recycle 2.7 bags per person on average per week. Following closely behind them are the UK and California with 2.5 and 2.3 bags respectively. New York state and Colorado are almost tied with 2 and 1.9 bags per week. Rounding out our list are another almost-tied pair: Texas with 1.6 and South Africa with 1.5.

Of course, this doesn’t mean Norwegians can walk around with halos over their heads. Less recycling could mean a lifestyle that uses less packaging in general, like buying food from “nude” stores and farmer’s markets.

In fact, South Africa is an interesting case for recycling. Many citizens don’t specifically recycle as there are “waste pickers” i.e. people who manually sift through rubbish bins to extract recyclable items and then sell them to recycling centres for cash. That means South Africa’s recycling rate is higher than a lot of other countries, considering the low rate of personal recycling. It’s not great that this system depends on massive socioeconomic inequality, though. So you know, there’s that.

Who drives the most?

No surprises here as once again, the results showed that Texans do the most driving. Quiz-takers who live in Texas drive 180 km per week on average, followed by New Yorkers at 170 km and Norwegians at 168 km per week. Colorado folks drive 167 km and South Africans 154 km per week. Coming in at second place are Californians who drive 133 km per week and in first place are the citizens of the UK who drive 94 km per week on average.

When it comes to electric cars, a whopping 50% of Norwegian quiz-takers who drive cars, drive electric cars, followed by California at 8%, and the UK at 4%. South Africa, in a not very shocking twist, came it at 0.23%. Another interesting fact? The Norwegian government has made it easy for car owners to choose electric cars. They offer tax reductions and subsidies, free parking and lower annual fees. This is in line with their goal of selling no more petrol or diesel cars from 2025 onwards.

How much have people cut back on flying?

We compared the last three months of 2020 to the first three months of this year, and it seems like most quiz-taker’s flights have decreased substantially. This could be due to people flying to see family at Christmas, or any other number of reasons, but it’s interesting to note.

From October to December 2020, Californians flew an average of nine hours on leisure flights. This year? Only one hour. Texas and Norway both decreased from six hours to just two hours. South Africa saw a similar drop from five hours to one.

How can I improve my score?

Head over to our blog where you’ll find loads of interesting ways to live more sustainably, plus interesting articles on how to do so.

Send us your feedback

We know that this quiz is not exhaustive and doesn’t ask about every single aspect of your life. We’ve tried to make our calculations as accurate as possible, but if you have comments or suggestions for us, please let us know on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

So, you’ve taken the quiz and you’ve got your score. How do you know how it compares to others in your area? You’ve come to the right place.

Average scores per region

Right now, the average scores out of 100 look like this:

Norway – 55

United Kingdom – 49

California – 33  

New York – 31

Colorado – 30

Texas – 26

South Africa – 25

Why is my score so low?

The data mentioned in this article is based on the responses from people who took our quiz. And we imagine that someone who takes the time to fill in the quiz is already interested in sustainable living. So, while we will tell you the average scores of our quiz-takers, we assume there are a lot of people out there doing much worse, who aren’t even interested in doing better. Give yourself a pat on the back and keep on going!

Secondly, in order to get full marks (100 in this case) you’d need every single area of your life to be as sustainable as possible, for which the modern world simply isn’t set up. It’s frustrating. We know. Everyone in the Aurora team is on this journey with you. So rather than despairing at a score lower than you hoped, try to look for areas where you can improve, and start educating your friends and family about sustainability. We all live on the same planet, so we’re all in this together.

Why do you separate scores per region?

Great question, thank you for asking!

Different regions have different sources of power. For example, the South African power grid has almost no renewable energy powering it, meaning that someone who lives in South Africa will get lower scores on energy than someone using the same amount of electricity per month in Norway, where the grid is much cleaner.

There are also other variables like the price of fuel, fuel types, modes of transport, number of household appliances and home heating and cooling methods.

When it comes to the US, each state also has its own variations – for instance, we all now know that Texas runs off a different power grid to the rest of the country.

So, when you choose your region, you’re helping us make a much more accurate calculation for you.

What are the actual carbon emissions?

Another good one! You’ve got all the best questions today.

Average CO2 emissions in each location look like this, below. Since this is the average kg per quiz-taker per week, we’re aiming for lower numbers here – unlike the quiz score where the closer to 100 you get, the better.

United Kingdom – 36 kg per person per week

Norway – 40 kg per person per week

New York – 51 kg per person per week

California – 51 kg per person per week

South Africa – 54 kg per person per week

Colorado – 55 kg per person per week

Texas – 67 kg per person per week

These numbers are incredibly low compared to the last time we compiled a roundup like this. A silver lining from a year of staying at home? For comparison, in November 2020 the average emissions per region were:

Norway – 115 kg per person per week

SA – 150 kg per person per week

California – 205 kg per person per week

Texas – 288 kg per person per week

Now, can you tell me some fun facts?

Sure! Keep reading.

Our community doesn’t eat much meat

No surprise here, since most people who are interested enough to take our quiz probably have some awareness around the huge negative effect the commercial meat industry has on the environment.

South African quiz-takers average out to eating 2.5 servings of meat per week, followed closely by Texas at 2.3 servings per week, Norway at 2.2 and New York and Colorado both coming in at 2.1 servings per week. The least meat is eaten by our folks in the UK and California, tied at 1.9 portions per week on average.

A Harvard article from 2018 cites the average American eating five portions of red or processed meat in a week. And that excludes pork and chicken. We must have a lot of vegans and vegetarians in our Aurora community to keep our averages this low.

Norway recycles the most by a small margin

Norwegians recycle 2.7 bags per person on average per week. Following closely behind them are the UK and California with 2.5 and 2.3 bags respectively. New York state and Colorado are almost tied with 2 and 1.9 bags per week. Rounding out our list are another almost-tied pair: Texas with 1.6 and South Africa with 1.5.

Of course, this doesn’t mean Norwegians can walk around with halos over their heads. Less recycling could mean a lifestyle that uses less packaging in general, like buying food from “nude” stores and farmer’s markets.

In fact, South Africa is an interesting case for recycling. Many citizens don’t specifically recycle as there are “waste pickers” i.e. people who manually sift through rubbish bins to extract recyclable items and then sell them to recycling centres for cash. That means South Africa’s recycling rate is higher than a lot of other countries, considering the low rate of personal recycling. It’s not great that this system depends on massive socioeconomic inequality, though. So you know, there’s that.

Who drives the most?

No surprises here as once again, the results showed that Texans do the most driving. Quiz-takers who live in Texas drive 180 km per week on average, followed by New Yorkers at 170 km and Norwegians at 168 km per week. Colorado folks drive 167 km and South Africans 154 km per week. Coming in at second place are Californians who drive 133 km per week and in first place are the citizens of the UK who drive 94 km per week on average.

When it comes to electric cars, a whopping 50% of Norwegian quiz-takers who drive cars, drive electric cars, followed by California at 8%, and the UK at 4%. South Africa, in a not very shocking twist, came it at 0.23%. Another interesting fact? The Norwegian government has made it easy for car owners to choose electric cars. They offer tax reductions and subsidies, free parking and lower annual fees. This is in line with their goal of selling no more petrol or diesel cars from 2025 onwards.

How much have people cut back on flying?

We compared the last three months of 2020 to the first three months of this year, and it seems like most quiz-taker’s flights have decreased substantially. This could be due to people flying to see family at Christmas, or any other number of reasons, but it’s interesting to note.

From October to December 2020, Californians flew an average of nine hours on leisure flights. This year? Only one hour. Texas and Norway both decreased from six hours to just two hours. South Africa saw a similar drop from five hours to one.

How can I improve my score?

Head over to our blog where you’ll find loads of interesting ways to live more sustainably, plus interesting articles on how to do so.

Send us your feedback

We know that this quiz is not exhaustive and doesn’t ask about every single aspect of your life. We’ve tried to make our calculations as accurate as possible, but if you have comments or suggestions for us, please let us know on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

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