There is, ultimately, no substitute for action – once you have thought about what you want to do and how you are going to do it. And taking action to work towards climate neutrality can unlock potential you may not realise you possess. Mention climate change to a lot of people, and the instant response is
often a sort of paralysis. If they know what they need to do they probably have little idea how to do it, or whether they can even make a start. So one clear message to give them is that there is something they can do, that it is both worth doing and do-able, and that they can do it without waiting for anyone else.
Nor need you look very far to fi nd a starting point. Carbon alone is embedded in almost everything we use, or do, and the other main greenhouse gases are involved in the production and consumption of many parts of life that we take for granted (see the fi rst chapter of this guide for a reminder). So you can probably make progress towards a more climate-neutral way of life every minute.
But, at the risk of stating the obvious, some things are more worthwhile than others, and some steps you decide to take will make more sense at one point than at others. To be specifi c, there is a logical way of acting that will yield the largest dividends most quickly, a sequence that is worth trying to follow:
For the most effective results, the biggest bang for your buck, you will need to focus at fi rst on whatever makes up the biggest chunk of your emissions. Over time the proportions will change, and other sources may become more important.
Wherever you can, avoid using or consuming anything that will increase the GHG emissions for which you accept responsibility.
Where possible choose the option that will let you actually reduce them, for example by increasing the efficiency of your activities.
Do not let yourself be locked into a familiar way of doing things when something better comes along. Keep an open mind regarding the potential of new technologies.
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