Carbon Watchdog exists as a meeting point and soapbox for everyone out there who realises that ordinary people like ourselves have to do two things about the climate 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 governments, national and local, and businesses and industry to get in on the program – not one based on untested technologies and far-off targets, but a program that sees them manage their carbon footprints in the same way that we plan to organise ours
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.
If you want to help:
- donate to support this work via Patreon
- subscribe to the newsletter mailing list for regular updates
- join our founding carbon footprinting group – but not yet! This is still in the process of being set up. Subscribe to the newsletter and we’ll let you know.
- send me a message via the website’s contact page
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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
Adam HardyAuthor / Social Media / Web Designer
A social reformer for the fossil fuel-dependent society
I was a zoologist, a forex trader & a coder (not simultaneously). Up until 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 about climate change with everyone who’ll listen and the huge potential of a carbon currency backed by carbon rationing as the way to deal with it.
Cat EtchartGraphic Designer
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 our planet.
Millie S. HollandGraphic Designer
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 my life, I’m far more proactive. Total Carbon Rationing is a concept that would truly change the way we think about these issues, so it is something I am keen to help raise awareness of.
Sam Bakerfundraiser, researcher, reporter – MSc Environmental Technology
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.