We all know that we need to reduce our climate footprint, but then… it all seems so vague and we humans are notoriously creatures of habit.
Without a deliberate program we don’t see results and we don’t get the feedback to tell us that we are succeeding. Enter the Powerdown Method.
Let’s go through the 5 Step Plan at the head of this website.
Checking our footprint
This is the eye opener. Here we find that we are all living grossly unsustainable lives. We aren’t at fault, because this is the modern culture we have been born into. But we are seriously at fault if we do not take steps to live within the planet’s means.
Making a commitment to do something positive
This changes our thinking from alarm to doing something constructive. By making a personal commitment we change our outlook from “I’m feeling a bit guilty for not taking action’, to “I am committed and have a solid goal to work towards.” It’s a liberating thought process.
Mapping out our plan
By taking time out to create a personal plan-of-action, we are breaking our locked-in, lifelong habits and routines and start to deliberately change course. This can be a low-cost plan or we can be as ambitious as we like. We’re now charting our road to sustainability.
Now we are ready to put the plan into action – with a set of easy tasks and a timetable that we can handle. Luckily the easy successes (the ‘low hanging fruit’) are so easy to start with. In time we adjust to a new world view and don’t even think about it.
Measuring our success
(You can add your household to the statewide tally by clicking in the sidebar to your left of your screen.)
This is the most rewarding part of all. Without recording our efforts we can’t measure our success. But with hard numbers to go by we get tangible feedback and can feel really positive about our achievements. We owe it to our children and all living things.
By definition, a pledge is a promise, but it carries a much stronger meaning with it.
Making a pledge is a personal statement as well as a statement to others. It helps us to clarify and enforce our commitment to what we believe and our responsibility to act.
The word pledge calls for a commitment from those involved and action is expected to follow it.
This pledge serves as a foundation for your climate change efforts. It carries a commitment to use your own personal power, your collective power and institutional power to help bring about fundamental change.
Thankfully, that culture is now rapidly changing. If you join the ranks of thousands of people who are taking action you are joining a powerful groundswell that will force government into action as well.
Aside from this, taking action is empowering and liberating. It is the only moral thing to do and it allows us to live much more fulfilling and healthy lives.