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Guest blog: One Small Step

A weekly change anyone can make in less than five minutes to help the planet, people, and place.


We’re starting off with a hugely impactful change – making sure your home (or business) energy supply is 100% carbon neutral. So, if you haven’t already done so, make the switch today.

Check out the greenest energy providers in Australia here.


If you are currently with a mainstream energy supplier, and you switch to 100% green, you can likely save nearly a tonne of CO2 a year, every year, in under 5 minutes. That's pretty powerful.

Remember, many energy suppliers use advertising and branding to make you think that they are green, when in reality they are still burning oil and coal to heat your home.


The good news is that Australia is making headway in transitioning to renewable energy. Here are some cool stats from the Clean Energy Council. Well done Tassie and South Australia! 


Further Reading

What reduces our personal CO2 footprint? We have no clue! is an illuminating Linkedin article by Frank Bilsten (8 min read). This is a data-heavy, matter-of-fact exposition of how clueless most of us are when it comes to reducing our carbon footprints.

 

Endnote


"What if it's a big hoax and we create a better world for nothing?" ― Joel Pett


We can very easily measure the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. Before the industrial revolution, it was 250 parts per million.


In 1992 it was 360ppm.


When One Small Step launched, in November 2019, it was 410 parts per million. The rate of change is nuts.


Many of the same PR companies and think tanks that were employed by Big Tobacco to cast doubt on its link to cancer are now in the service of fossil fuel companies. They have been using similar tactics to muddy the waters around climate change.


A new strategem is to acknowledge the climate crisis, but work to persuade individuals that they cannot make a difference.


But we can, and should.


We've got to quit our fossil fuel habit, the sooner the better. This is an exponentially more important change than banning plastic straws or reusing plastic bags (well-meaning behaviour changes, but ones that feel more impactful than reality).


We will be highlighting many more nudges to switch to cleaner energy, transport, investment, and food in the coming weeks – do let us know how you get on.


Until the next step,


Tom



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