Frequently asked questions
Huh, so what is this?
Climate change is the biggest challenge of our time. 80% of all young people are worried about the climate, and rightly so. Many of us understand that if we are to stop climate change, massive action is required, touching nearly all parts of our lives. Individuals, organizations, companies and policy makers are all now steering towards the Paris agreement goals and beyond. But it must be made faster. As individuals, we have powers as both consumers and as citizens. We make lots of choices every day about what we choose to consume and where to steer our attention. Active and passive choices daily affect our climate footprint and thus the planet we live on. But finding a sustainable lifestyle for ourselves – and changing the one we may have grown attached to – is not easy. With learnings, insights, climate action and a liiiittle bit of gamification – we can do this together. The world needs more climate action – so we’ve decided to make it easy and fun!
Why is your name Deedster?
We focus on climate action at a scale, but each action doesn’t have to be that big or take much time. So we call them deeds – micro-assignment to start creating a better world. So Deedster is full of deeds and people doing them. As you can hear, it’s a great place.
Why are you doing this in a mobile app?
We have a mission to get everyone to do something for the climate every day. Imagine how that would completely change how we see the world around us and with what speed we would then do this transition to sustainable lifestyles. Do it on the bus, at a dinner party – whenever you have a few minutes. To facilitate it for you, we try to fit it where we think you already are…:) But climate action happens in the real world, so take your inspiration from us and then go out and change the world!
How does Deedster work with sponsors?
For some Challenges we have invited other companies to share their best ideas, learnings and deeds. We love them so we kind of stick their photos on there. It can be companies that we are inspired by or companies that pay a small amount to be there (and that has a strong passion for sustainability). Unfortunately, they haven’t paid big amounts yet, but when then do, we’ll have to think of some good strategy for their content to be as exciting as it is today. We’ll be in touch on that. We hope.
How do I start using Deedster?
Download “Deedster” from the App Store or Google Play (depending on your mobile). Get going by calculating your own carbon footprint or exploring a quiz challenge. In the challenges you’ll find deeds which is micro-assignments for you to try out, alone or with a friend.
We also do company wide challenges as a step-counter competition for the climate, where teams of employees compete with each other on doing the most deeds – the moste climate action. Together these teams achieve a whole lot of climate action in a very short time span! Read more under Company Challenges or send us an email!
How do I invite even more people to my team?
Share your team (whether you created it or if someone else did it) by:
- Click the Challenge menu bar icon and chose the Challenge.
- In the top right corner within the Challenge, click the share icon.
- Through the phone’s sharing function, you have now received a link that you can share via SMS, email, social media or in other ways that suit you.
How do I get support for the app?
We want to continuously make our app and our service better, so we really appreciate feedback from you. It can be anything from things that do not work, work poorly, work well or just happy shouts and fun ideas. We really like to talk about Deedster … The easiest way to get in touch is to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or directly to ou support line at email@example.com.
Climate calculations and content
Where does all the information come from?
We love science and research! So we base the learnings you find in Deedster on scientific sources and reports. At the same time, climate change and sustainability are complex areas and as different methods and perspectives evolve we try to keep up with also new results. We often consult with our partner WWF and work intensively to give the user a fun, correct and effective learning experience.
You can always contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding a specific question, source or other. We have them in an Excel and hope to soon display sources also in the app. And if you have any suggestions or deeds – let us know!
The footprint calculation is quite rough, can I adjust it with more details?
Yes, it is possible to add more detail to the footprint by clicking on the icon for a category of the footprint image. For each of the five categories there are a number of additional data that we can use to provide a more exact calculation – like carpooling, boat fuel etc.
What is included and what is not included in the climate calculation?
We ask you about your consumption habits and lifestyle in five categories; eating habits, housing, commuting, long-distance travelling and shopping. Based on your answers, we calculates how many tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions this contributes to each year, measured in kilos of carbon dioxide equivalents (kg CO2e).
Public consumption, i.e. spendings of tax revenues (such as schools, hospitals and roads), is not included in your footprint. This constitutes just over 20% of Sweden’s total emissions. Although we can not directly influence it through our consumption choices, we can do so by taking action and influencing our politicians, forming opinions and spreading knowledge and commitment.
What climate data do you use to calculate my footprint?
We are using the research, models and data from IVL Swedish Environmental Institute to calculate the climate footprint. In the first questions, we include what factors drives your footprint so to also give you that understanding. This first calculation is fast but does assume some average numbers when providing you with your footprint. There are then more detailed questions in each category that would give you even more accurate data.
It is really important to us that you can trust this calculation, but there are many parameters interplaying and sometimes there is a bug. Let us know if you find oddities in your calculation!
The calculations are made from a life cycle perspective, which means that emissions are taken into account at all stages of the products’ life cycle, from production to recycling or incineration. More information can be found here.
What is carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e)?
It is a collective name for all greenhouse gases.There are several different types of atmospheric gases that contribute to the greenhouse effect. Fossil combustion primarily gives rise to carbon dioxide, but e.g. cows produce a lot of methane which is also a greenhouse gas. Methane is more short-lived than carbon dioxide but gives almost 30 times higher greenhouse effect. To be able to talk about the effect of all greenhouse gases, they are converted to carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e).
Does it matter what I do? What is my individual responsibility vs policy and corporate responsibility?
What science tells us is that we need to do everything that we can, all of us. Policy makers, companies, organizations and individuals. And as individuals we have powers both as consumers and as citizens. There are small things you can do, and there are bigger changes, low impact and big impact actions. There are also long term action and short term action, some equals a direct carbon emission reduction others come with an indirect saving. We give you concrete of all of these in Deedster – chose your own level right now. It really matters what we do, each one of us. We need all our ideas, energy and effort to solve this. Start where you can and where it’s easy for you. Make your changes and actions easy and fun – then you’re more likely to hold on to them. We know we can make a good life for many, and there are good chances it will be even better than today!