A carbon fee and dividend scheme as an incentivisation tool
Mass-educate individuals on the urgency of the situation. Lead a national public health type of campaign promoting a carbon footprint-aware diet, including a 75% reduction of red meat consumption, and new patterns of lifestyle consumption such as denormalising fast fashion. E.g. make carbon footprint labelling compulsory for all food, clothing and other lifestyle consumption items; use higher taxation on products and services with a higher carbon footprint; adopt a carbon fee and dividend scheme as an incentivisation tool. If changing mindsets within a demand-driven system is not enough to meet targets, introduce rationing of products and services with a high carbon footprint.
Why the contribution is important
We need the carbon cost of what we consume to gain in visibility to educate citizens, hence the need for agressive public health-type campaigns (such as the one that made smoking illegal in public places). But beyond that we need the law to provide a framework that gets individuals and organizations focused on near-term, intermediary emissions targets, with packages of sanctions and incentives. This needs to happen urgently as we have already gone past a number of tipping points, and the government's duty of care towards Scottish citizens demands that the risks are minimized.
by clemenceoconnor on October 26, 2020 at 01:57AM