How do you get to zero carbon?

The Zero Carbon Promise is about adjusting your way of living life. To make it one that is in balance with the natural world. There are as many ways to do that as there are people on the planet.

It will require changes. Find the ways that come naturally to you. Don’t try to do it all at once. Begin by calculating your carbon footprint.

Take time to understand what the big pieces of your carbon footprint are Food, Home/Accommodation, Travel, Everything Else. Then begin to create strategies that will reduce them over time.

What are your Quick Wins? Things you could do today by making a different choice — that will immediately lower your carbon footprint.

What are your Zero Carbon Marathons? Making a significant change of direction. Some of these actions may be challenging and mean you will need to “rock your boat”. Most of them will be cheaper and healthier in the long run than a high carbon choice, however some (not all) may require up front financial investment.

Take a look at the learning pages where we explore the four key elements in detail with examples of quick wins and zero carbon marathons.

Re-calculate your footprint every six months and celebrate your progress. Do not back off from your promise. It may be that you never get to exactly zero but you can reach a level that the planet’s natural systems can deal with. That is somewhere between 1 and 2 tons.

Invite people around you to make the Zero Carbon Promise too. It’s easier to do this together with others. You will find that there will be some zero carbon strategies that need the power many people acting together.

It is important to understand that it would be an error to think that reducing your carbon footprint can be accomplished simply by compensating for it. The job is to actually reduce it in real terms.

Planting trees and other popular compensation methods are worth doing but these are really compensating for historic emissions. Which is also a vital action. If you are really serious about compensating for your carbon footprint then take into account your total lifetime footprint.