individual level

If you are stuck in a deep hole, first stop digging!

A solid first step in responding to our ecological predicament is to simply stop burning fossil fuels. I gradually reduced my use of fossil fuels over a four-year period, from almost 20 tonnes per year to about 1 tonne per year (from flying, driving, food, natural gas, and electricity). This saves me money, increases my resilience in a shifting world, and allows me to advocate for climate action without being a hypocrite. Best of all, it’s fun!

Obviously, reducing my own emissions won’t save the world: I’m one out of more than┬áseven billion people. But it does do something critically important. It shows what is possible. It’s time for a new vision to emerge, a new way of living aligned with the biosphere.