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A group of academics this week argued that policymakers need to focus changing individuals’ behaviour, rather than ineffective ‘top-down’ measures to address climate change. Speaking at a conference hosted by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Research at the Royal Society, the experts argued that current policies that aim to keep warming to two degrees – such as voluntary targets, carbon markets, and renewable energy subsidies – were failing.
The experts said it was time for more bottom-up, radical, climate action. Here’s three proposals they argued might work.
1) A ‘carbon card’
One proposal recommended consumers carried a ‘carbon card’ to track their energy consumption. By tracking consumption, people that used less could be rewarded, while those with large ‘carbon footprints’ would have to pay to pollute.