We need to kick the habit of releasing large quantities of GHGs. Of course, nobody diets for fun, but only in the hope of achieving something really worthwhile – perhaps a new slim and sexy you, perhaps the chance of survival itself. And diets are a reminder of something else involved in reducing GHGs. It is not an event but a process. No one embarks on a diet, loses weight, then resumes their old lifestyle – or at least, if they do then they can expect the whole exercise to prove pointless. So reducing the unnecessary consumption that underlies so much of many people’s GHG emissions is not a question of aiming to cut your wasteful behaviour to a given point and then relaxing. The journey to climate neutrality is not a straight line, but a cycle, a matter of slimming down the GHGs that are within our responsibility and offsetting the remainder.
From collection: Kick the Habit: A UN Guide to Climate Neutrality