So, I’ve been trying to justify my carbon footprint, or at least to myself. My attempt and means of measurement has come in the form of turning off lights and switches. To be clearer, more lights and switches than I have turned on myself that day. That makes me a Net turner off’er in my simplistic definition of carbon neutrality. I combined this act with a personal ritual of visualising a tiny bit of coal being removed from an industrial furnace. Misguided perhaps but it works for me. Maybe it will work for everybody?
There is a sad realisation and failure however within this model of saving the world’s climate crisis. For there to be enough powered lights and switches for everyone to contribute to the carbon neutral movement. It needs to be supported by an army of Net turner on’ers to help us off’ers feel good about ourselves. There can only ever be one real solution; don’t turn it on in the first place.
It may mean that after more than 50% of the population has joined my secretive and somewhat exclusive club of Net turner off’ers that I’ll have to start a new club. Until that day arrives I can remain blissfully ignorant to my true footprint (Yeti-sized), thanks to the still rather large club of Net turner on’ers. Thank you people, you know who you are.