Make your Zero Carbon Promise

Pledge to permanently reduce your personal carbon footprint to zero during the 2020’s — the earlier the better.

In practice this means reaching a level of between 1 and 2 tons annually as the earth’s natural systems can deal with that amount.

The zero carbon promise is about making a commitment. You may not know how to do it yet. By making a promise you create a new future and hope for yourself. Acting upon that promise with persistence and creativity will bring that future into reality. Let’s learn how to live and have an enjoyable life without continuing to disturb the balance of our home, planet earth. The following is a story from the 1800’s about commitment.

“We had definitely committed ourselves and were halfway out of our ruts. We had put down our passage money— booked a sailing to Bombay. This may sound too simple, but is great in consequence.

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.

I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”

W H Murray The Scottish Himalayan Expedition

If you make the zero carbon promise it’s really a promise to yourself and it’s useful to create something (screen saver, a special document, art work, etc.) that will help you remember that you made the promise and to keep it in regular focus. Telling other people about it also helps.

Next step. Calculate your carbon footprint