Carbon Watchdog advocates for an equitable solution to climate change on a local, national and international level. Locally we are putting together a group of people in our community to work as a team in becoming sustainably sustainable, environmentally-friendly and low carbon. Nationally we promote this group as a practical standard which can be extrapolated to the whole country, and seek to engage academics to try out policies such as personal carbon trading. Internationally we advocate for Universal Carbon Credits from the economist Professor Steve Keen, and Contraction and Convergence to replace “Nationally Determined Contributions” at the UNFCCC.
We believe there are straight-forward answers to most of the issues with climate change, and that it’s just a question of finding them and promoting them, starting from the bottom, with individual people who are actually ready to do something, and going right up to the top, to all the world leaders, business executives and climate negotiators.
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Carbon Watchdog is obviously not a government body. Despite the knife-edge that society and the economy is on, so far there are only climate commissions, panels and committees, and like them, our only power is persuasion.
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 best ways 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.