Global movement Count Us In wants a billion people to act on climate change right now and is asking them to pledge their commitment to one or more of the project's 16 steps to decrease carbon pollution.
The 16 Steps have been selected by experts from the UN Environment Programme based on three criteria: their impact on your personal carbon pollution, their power to influence leaders and their ability to involve everyone.
You don't need to research what works and what doesn't. These are the 16 steps that count.
16 pledges to take right now to decrease carbon pollution
- Flying less
- Driving electric
- Installing or enhancing the loft insulation in your home
- Wearing clothes to last
- Asking politicians to act or invest to support our steps
- Walking and cycle more
- Reduce the amount of food that is wasted or thrown away in your home
- Choose financial institutions and funds that invest responsibly.
- Repair and reuse your belongings rather than buying new
- Turning down the heating in your home by a degree or more
- Come together with colleagues to make change at a bigger scale
- Start a conversation about Count Us In and encourage others to take a step
- Reduce the amount of meat in your weekly diet
- Move your home to a green energy supplier
- Install solar panels to generate energy for your home
How it works:
Choose a step and decide a level of commitment that works for you. Try it for two months to see how you do. Report and track progress through your Count Us In profile.
If one billion people take practical action in their own lives, they could reduce as much as 20% of global carbon emissions.
"Imagine what the world would look like if a billion people took action to fight climate change," said Chris Anderson, Head of TED and founding partner of TED Countdown. "We can all make a difference by taking simple practical steps. Count us in."
A diverse coalition of culture, faith, sport, cities and businesses globally will be participating in the campaign, including Labour MP David Lammy and actors Mark Ruffalo and Katherine Waterston.
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