To reduce carbon emissions, we first need to measure them. Businesses need more robust carbon accounting.
At Soapbox, we get a lot of reader questions every time we send out a Changeletter (which goes out every Wednesday - make sure you're signed up). One of the most common things we hear from you: How do I make a difference at work?
So that’s what we’re going to talk about in this Action Pack. Long answer: there are many many things you can do and you should find your people, make a plan, and take action. Good luck.
Short answer: start with carbon accounting.
If you got bored hearing the word accounting, I’m with you! My promise to you as always is to make this lively and approachable. There will be NO MATH.
🎯 Action step 1 of 4: READ — Let's start by looking at a few articles together.
It’s time for a pop quiz. Here are your two questions.
Before you keep reading, think about the answers.
Do you have guesses yet?
⚡👉🏾 Answer time!
Start your action journey by reading this article: “What are Scope 3 Emissions and Why Companies Must Start Reporting Them”.
If you’re feeling lazy (#relatable) or don’t have time today, I’ll give you the basics, but you should put this article on your list.
〰️ The bottom line: We can’t figure out how to tackle climate change through markets if we’re not measuring it in the first place. We have the tech and tools to track what matters; we just need to do it. More on how YOU can do this in our next two modules!
🏁 Checkpoint: This is the end of action step 1 of 4: READ.
🎯 Action step 2 of 4: LISTEN — we'll watch a short video or listen to a podcast to further expand on our topic.
If you’re reading this and you work at a company, congratulations! You know at least 1 organization you can ask about measuring greenhouse gases.
For this Carbon Accounting Action Pack, we will show you a three-minute video on the “Social Cost of Carbon”. It’s basically a social event! (Except it’s totally not and it’s a YouTube video, but we can pretend!
Greenhouse gases are hella bringing us down. They’re damaging every aspect of our health and economy. If you’re reading this, we’re on the same page re greenhouse gases being wack.
If organizations are emitting Wack Stuff into the planet, they’re paying for it, right?
Currently, greenhouse gases (mainly carbon) are considered an “externality”. Which is fancy economics for “not my problem”. (Source: I have an economics degree.)
In fact, as we learned last week, this carbon is barely being measured, let alone priced. This makes it hard to assess policies’ climate benefits, too. The concept of a “social cost of carbon” addresses this. Watch this 3-min explainer!
You can access the video, transcript, and more facts from the Resources for the Future website.
Ok! Deep breaths before we head into our ACT module. Come back to this page if you need to.
🏁 Checkpoint: This is the end of action step 2 of 4: LISTEN.
🎯 Action step 3 of 4: ACT — Now it's time to do something. Let's go!
IOur worldly desires — marked by our growing global carbon footprint — are getting out of control. IT’S TOO BIG!
And as the age-old wisdom goes: “size matters.”
The past two weeks, we’ve gone over why Carbon Accounting is actually a super sexy thing to talk about. It’s a simple solution just waiting to be implemented! If you’ve been wondering how you can make a meaningful difference against climate change, there’s obviously a bunch you can do, but we all need a baseline.
Whether that’s in our personal lives or at work, it’s time to account ourselves. Today’s ACT just has 3 simple actions — 1 for your personal life, 1 for work, and 1 related to consumer advocacy! Choose one or more and let’s go.
If you're not already talking about these things at work or with your friends/family, that's your simplest talking point. Everything starts with conversation, and now you have some robust action tools to support the discussions you're having!
🏁 Checkpoint: This is the end of action step 3 of 4: ACT.
Before we go any further, it's time for you to pledge your commitment. It takes less than 30 seconds to pledge and we can bother you about it in a friendly way, so we can hold each other accountable. Pledge here!
🎯 Action step 4 of 4: REFLECT — what can you commit to? What fresh perspectives can we look at?
One of the actions we just mentioned was using Joro to start measuring your own emissions. They also have this great article on "the real price of carbon" if you're interested in some extra reading.
Now, it's time to reflect on what you're doing!
When you complete the 30-sec form to record your actions, you’ll see a link to this article that shows us the valuable info we gain when we do measure our emissions.
You can see how your country fares -- are you using more or less carbon than you need? How has this changed over time compared to other countries? How does this relate to colonial history?
It’s so important to look at this stuff on a global scale — it’s clear to see which of us really needs to up the pressure on our officials while also making meaningful individual change!
It’s an interactive graphic so you can look at data through time and see if you’re up or down. Let’s be down together. 🥳That’s it for this Action Pack — take 30 seconds to hold yourself accountable!
🏁 Checkpoint: This is the end of action step 4 of 4: REFLECT.
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