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Count Us In Launches a New Year’s Resolution Campaign to Tackle Climate Change Head On

  • Latest UNEP Emissions Gap Report shows two thirds of greenhouse gas emissions are associated with the consumption behaviors of households.
  • Campaign encouraging individuals, communities and organizations globally to swap out their traditional New Year resolutions for taking a step on count-us-in.org to reduce their personal carbon footprint.

CountUsIn TOPAs another year comes to an end, despite important momentum from governments and business, science shows we need to accelerate progress in the run up to COP26 in Glasgow, if we are to achieve the 1.5 degree climate ambition set in Paris five years ago.

We know what individuals do counts. As the latest UNEP Emissions Gap Report shows, two thirds of greenhouse gas emissions are associated with the consumption behaviors of households in industrialized nations. The Count Us In campaign is mobilizing people globally and galvanizing action to kick off 2021 on a high and make 2021 a game changing year for climate action.

Count Us In is backed by an exciting range of organizations – from the Scouts, to Tottenham Hotspur, to IKEA. Yesterday, as part of the EU Climate Pact, the European Commission announced its partnership with Count Us In, pledging to expand the Count Us In platform to all European languages by Summer 2021, to reach and engage citizens across the EU. Earlier this month, Count Us In featured at The Climate Ambition Summit, hosted by the UN, UK and France, where 77 heads of state made enhanced or new pledges on climate policies to mark the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the Paris Agreement.

As this challenging year comes to a close, Count Us In is launching a New Year’s Resolution campaign encouraging individuals, communities and organizations globally to swap out their traditional New Year resolutions for taking a step on count-us-in.org to reduce their personal carbon footprint. In doing so, citizens will be pressuring leaders to take decisive action to tackle climate change. To protect what we love from climate change, lifestyle changes are key in reducing carbon pollution. And what is good for the planet, can be good for people too – improving local air quality, contributing to a healthier lifestyle, or even saving money. To date, thousands of people have taken over 1.6M+ steps on Count Us In and partner platforms, saving over 31M kg of CO2e.

Christiana Figueres, former UN Climate Chief who oversaw the delivery of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and Founding Partner of Global Optimism, is bringing Count Us In into the public discourse. Figueres said, “In the past 5 years we have seen enormous progress – countries and companies are setting net zero goals by 2050 or earlier – and this is cause for hope. But we as individuals are the missing piece. We have the opportunity and the responsibility to contribute to the new world that we can build together; one that is run on clean energy, healthier and more resilient, with decent jobs in clean industries. That is what it means when we take steps to reduce our carbon footprints. We benefit and we pressure government and companies to go further and faster.”

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