March 2022 🌍 Climate Corner

Monday, March 7, 2022

3 minute read | contribution authored by Caroly Shumway, Ph.D., Director, Center for Behavior and Climate (CBC) and Emma De Roy, M.Sc.
CBC is a division of Behavior Development Solutions.


We know you worry about climate change. Take heart! We can solve the climate crisis, but only if we take significant action starting now. Specifically, we need to take action this decade through 2050 to draw down enough carbon to keep our planet's temperature within the 1.5 degree Celsius of warming that will reduce the impact to our planet, life, and the economy. Project Drawdown has been at the forefront of identifying the top 100 global solutions to our climate crisis. The Center for Behavior and Climate is pleased to announce our first free online course supplementing the excellent ClimateSolutions101 video series that Project Drawdown has created--Making Climate Solutions Happen.

What's our course about? It's about hope, climate action, and how we can scale up climate solutions over the next three decades, covering the contents presented in Unit 6 of Project Drawdown's Climate Solutions101. Project Drawdown suggests that we need to consider accelerators--something that moves climate solutions into action. Accelerators include rules, capital, business practices, technology, and behavior change. Rules accelerators are applied by governments to change laws, regulations, taxes, or incentives. For example, a city government creates anti-idling laws to reduce emissions. Capital accelerators are applied by investors and philanthropists, but can be influenced by the public, such as the public effort to divest from fossil fuel companies in college endowments. Business Practices accelerators are applied by businesses, but can also be influenced by the public or government to renew goals or standards.

For example, requiring all new commercial buildings to be LEED-certified (i.e., buildings that satisfy environmentally sustainable construction standards developed by the U.S. Green Building Council). Technology accelerators are created by scientists and engineers to scale up innovation or increase R&D, but can be encouraged by governments, nonprofits, and industrial leaders. For example, creating plastic from seaweed. And behavior accelerators shift social norms and culture through behavior change. For example, making it socially acceptable for 'real' men to purchase an electric truck as evidenced by Arnold Schwarzenegger driving his electric Hummer H1. Or a pastor speaking to her congregation about strategies that parish members could do to change a daily habit that collectively drive action on climate in their community. Or it could be you, doing your part to...

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