As it turns out, we do have a serious problem with global warming; largely caused by our use of fossil fuels. Lots of great work has been done by so many – still, can’t we make it easier to track our personal effort? Everyone is wondering who will do what to make it better. Or, seeing nothing happening at all, they avoid despair by looking away. “Why should I skip beef for dinner when my neighbor drives a big SUV?”
When you need to change something (and we are really there), the first smart move is to measure the “it” that needs to be changed.
This seems doable; many want to know how they could help. Just start by tracking your carbon score?
What if every American was issued a numbered card that is used with every purchase; “Sorry, cash might be legal tender but, I have to run your ‘Carbon Debt Card’ (CDC) when you buy gas, a ticket, electricity”? Like a gas ration card issued in WWII. Would you switch to a L.L. Bean card or an Amazon card if they were the ones willing to start the effort? Sure, they’ll make money on it, they shouldn’t be citizens but they were set up to make money and let them. Whoever begins this, takes the risk, and will, I am certain, make some money. How about a FaceBook card?
Maybe business people and politicians would carry 2 cards; one for personal consumption and one that is “billed back” to the organization. When they run again or sell their wares there’d be a scale to apply.
Maybe, if a million people around the world said YES, track my consumption and I’ll use your credit card to do it, we could start. It might attract the attention of a politician or a corporation who recognizes that they need to lead this.
Maybe this is just a first small step.
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