Facts: "Carbon neutral" is a bad climate goal; Feelings: navigating "we" and "they"; Action: Eating as climate action
This article is full of really useable information. I had no idea that "Carbon neutral" was not a good goal. Definite mind-shift there. Thank you for doing the research and helping us all feel a bit more empowered to know what to do and steps to take.
Thank you so much Kim. I am going for a walk❤️.
Exactly. We need expand the narrative beyond “carbon emissions are driving climate change “ to “extracting energy from hydrocarbons is diminishing habitats on earth that humans can inhabit “.
An emissions framing points to a pollution problem that calls for pollution control solutions: regulation (government called to act through protest) and self-regulation (business shamed into action by protests).
An energy extraction framing points to a choice of energy technologies problem which calls for a replace-to-retire strategy designed and executed at climate scale and in climate time.
Really important point about much of "carbon neutrality" being dodgy accounting/ things that don't really make a difference. The wrong incentives have a powerful influence.
Thanks again Kimberly, especially the parts about the US colleges, and the excerpt from Subina Shrestha!
Re eating - i m o - I'd set the monthly goal at zero beef. If you end up having a burger somehow, you won't die, but why not set up the vegan-style diet to be the norm? It's not so difficult to achieve, especially if you don't worry about being perfect.
I appreciated the we/they piece. I have found I feel much more satisfied and encouraged when I use "I" instead of "we", because I can speak for myself and model for others.