Individuals should, can, and want to be part of the response to global warming.
By fulfilling the Net Zero Pledge, you can take the bold and decisive step of erasing your own carbon footprint. You can know that you aren’t contributing to global warming. You can become carbon neutral today, not by 2030, 2050, or 2060 as some businesses and governments are targeting. Every bit of reduction in carbon emissions right now diminishes the likelihood of the most severe climate change scenarios developing down the road.
The need for action is clear: global warming has already arrived. 2020 essentially tied for the hottest year ever recorded for the planet. The seven hottest years recorded have been the last seven years. (The time series of the official organizations compiling global surface temperatures are available back to 1850.)
The implications are stark. To illustrate, in September 2019 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) detailed how the ocean has absorbed much of the rise in temperature, posing a range of significant threats to humanity, including flooding and damage to food and water supplies.
Further, almost every passing day, the news provides more evidence of the toll climate change is taking on the environment and of the changes in weather patterns that are already occurring. Wildfires and hurricanes are becoming more intense, and more species are becoming endangered or extinct. The IPCC has also documented how greenhouse gas emissions are responsible for the rising temperatures.
Individual action, of course, is only one part of the necessary response to climate change. Yet individual actions such as taking the Net Zero Pledge are an excellent complement to other efforts driving governments and businesses towards carbon neutrality.
By taking the Pledge you will become a credible, knowledgeable, and influential advocate for other individuals, businesses, and governments to become carbon neutral themselves. Join this growing movement and go Net Zero today!