Internet notebook about my work: deep listening to facilitate positive change


Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Calculating your footprint

Feedback on your footprint provides a nudge towards behavior change. There are many, maybe we should look at them from different angles: usability, education, feedback.
WWF Footprint calculator
WRI safeclimate calculator
An inconvenient truth impact calculator
Carbon trust Calculator (UK Government)
Carbon Calculator (EU)
Carbon calculator Yahoo Green
Best Foot Forward calculator
Ecological Footprint calculator Centre for Sustainable Economy
Earthday Footprint calculator
Sustainable Indicators Program Calculator
Ecology Fund Footprint calculator
New Zealand EPA Footprint calculator
Global Footprint Network
Carbon footprint calculator (commercial)
CO2 Benchmark: All emissions of companies world-wide, in one database

Behavour barriers to mitigate climate change

"What is unique about current global climate change is the role of human behavior," said Janet Swim, PhD, of Pennsylvania State University. "We must look at the reasons people are not acting in order to understand how to get people to act." The American Psychological Association's Task Force on the Interface Between Psychology and Global Climate Change just published their report. These are some of the findings about barriers for behaviour change:
* uncertainty over climate change reduces the frequency of "green" behavior
* most people don't believe the risk messages of scientists or government officials
* many people still believe climate change is not occurring or that human activity has little or nothing to do with it
* people undervalue the risks and believe that changes can be made later
* people believe their actions would be too small to make a difference and choose to do nothing.
* ingrained behaviors are extremely resistant to permanent change while others change slowly. Habit is the most important obstacle to pro-environment behavior.