Carbon Watchdog exists to put forward one way of tackling climate change – practical and achievable – for everyone out there who either realises already or wants to find out how ordinary people like ourselves need to address this existential crisis:
- we have to reduce our individual carbon footprints, which can be done more easily as part of a group – like Carbon Watchdog is organising – and then find a way to get everybody to do their fair share
- we have to get our businesses, industries, and local and national governments to get in on the program – not one based on untested technologies, far-off targets and paying someone else to offset our emissions, but a program that sees them manage their carbon footprints in the same straight-forward way that we manage our own
Carbon Watchdog is helping to set up carbon footprinting community groups (we are starting in North London right now) which bring people together and involve local borough councils and local businesses, and draw government’s and industry’s attention to old-made-new policies like Personal Carbon Trading, Universal Carbon Credits and a carbon currency.
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What the experts say
When we created the Contraction and Convergence framework at the Global Commons Institute in 1994 for UNFCCC Compliance, it was widely accepted as the best and fairest way to reduce global CO2 emissions. Indexing Carbon Credits and Debits as Carbon Equivalent Currency against the declining average of carbon consumption per capita is a necessary and indeed inevitable derivative of this. The excellent work of Carbon Watchdog in this critical area deserves your support.
Personal Carbon Allowances is a framework for reducing CO2 emissions based on fairness and practicality, and I can see that a Carbon Currency based on Universal Carbon Credits would build on that on a larger scale. Since the world needs radical, equitable and effective solutions, it would be fantastic to see something based on these principles tried out and put into practice.
A Carbon Currency based on Universal Carbon Credits should replace attempts to set a carbon price. We roughly know the quantity for various global warming scenarios. Setting the quantity per capita & issuing that could be a lot more effective than trying to guess the “right” price for carbon.
Carbon emissions allowances, accounting and trading at the household level holds much promise for improving society’s response to climate change. This approach could not only make the process of emissions reduction fairer across society, but also provoke creative and innovative ways of doing business that decouples emissions from our economy.
Carbon Watchdog Team Members
A fossil fuel addict trying to kick the habit.
I was a zoologist, a forex trader and a coder (not simultaneously). I did my MSc in Environmental Technology at Imperial College, London in 1990. In my last job up to 2019 I worked for BP plc, creating systems and huge databases to help the oil industry run smoothly.
When the cognitive dissonance between BP and what I thought my life was about grew too loud, I quit and since then, I’ve run Carbon Watchdog to talk with any who’ll listen about climate change and the huge potential of a carbon currency backed by carbon rationing as the way to deal with it.
Carbon Watchdog has a great vision for the now and for the future. If we all contribute by reducing our footprint and empowering the movement in our own unique ways, we can save the planet.
Like many makers, I create work that isn’t environmentally sustainable, but my conscience is constantly pushing me to try to be green and reduce my impact on this planet. Hence why in other areas of life, I’m far more proactive. The Total Carbon Rationing concept is something that would truly change the way we think about these issues, so it’s something I’m keen to help raise awareness of.
Because I keep a close relationship to natural world, I feel a great sense of purpose in reconnecting people back to nature, and contributing to a rapid and just transition to a future with environmental consciousness at its core. Total Carbon Rationing empowers people to make their own informed decisions when it comes to environmental impact. In this situation of institutionalised false promises and impending disaster, it offers an innovative and pragmatic solution which works with the current economic system, not against it. This could really give society a chance to keep warming below 2°C, even if many are saying it is slipping beyond our grasp.