Canadian Family wins life-changing $50,000 prize by reducing household carbon emissions
Canadian Geographic completed its first annual national challenge aimed at helping Canadians reduce their household carbon emissions and inspiring them to strive for a net-zero lifestyle. Live Net Zero followed five participating households from across the country as they competed in a series of six challenges to drastically reduce carbon emissions. The Loewen-Nair family of London, Ontario earned the lowest score among participating households, and will take home a prize of $50,000. Canada has set an aggressive climate target. With more than 25 per cent of the country's carbon emissions coming from household energy use, achieving a national target means Canadians must start making carbon reductions at the household level. While most Canadians understand the need to reduce their household's carbon footprint, they have a hard time knowing where to start. Between September and December 2022, Live Net Zero tasked five participating households to find ways to cut their commuting carbon, learning how to make their homes as energy efficient as possible, and making changes to their daily habits in an effort to be named the first Live Net Zero Challenge winner. Canadian Geographic created Live Net Zero to inspire and support Canadians to de-carbonize their lifestyles.