a fair and social alternative to CO2-tax
you get the sum of all CO2 emissions of a product displayed and being able to directly identify the more climate-friendly product by its CO2 footprint.
that there is a separate
emissions price tag for this purpose
and that you pay this price
in the CO2 currency "ECO".
that everyone on earth receives this currency in the same amount as a monthly ecological basic income and that you can trade this quota.
What if we could use this to ensure that the climate target is met - reliably, socially and fairly!
The ECO uses your power as a consumer and thus puts the control potential for climate protection in the hands of all citizens.
» The concept of the ECO climate currency is compelling
and could spur new economic thinking to address the climate crisis.
The general idea of the Personal Carbon Budget is also a socio-politically progressive approach
because it makes the individual a decisive actor in global affairs.
Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber
former director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and long-standing member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
» This model defines the necessary ecological guard rails
within which every citizen can can autonomously decide on his consumption.
It is an instrument of freedom within clearly defined limits for all.
The effect of this alternative climate concept is that each of us is not only part of the problem,
but also becomes a crucial part of the solution.
Prof. Dr. Ernst Ulrich v. Weizsäcker
environmental scientist, politician,
honorary president of the Club of Rome and the World Future Council
Master plan for a system change in climate policy
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges we currently face as a society. But the measures taken by policymakers so far are not enough. Emissions are rising year by year and have never been higher than they are today. We believe that the gigantic problems facing us are systemic, and that this task must therefore be approached systemically - namely, thinking big. This is the only way to achieve the necessary "giant leap" through which we might still be able to avert the worst.
That is why we have developed a climate concept that could initially be introduced within the EU and as many willing states as possible. Its border adjustments could cause many other countries to join such a resource currency union. Cap, Personalize and Trade is a reliable and equitable model to adequately address global warming and the limits of our planet - on the same scale as the problem itself.
We all consume - the associated consumption of fossil fuels is increasingly exceeding the planet's
regeneration limits. Bringing people and nature into harmony is therefore probably the greatest task of
this century. However, our consumption can only be reduced quantitatively to a limited and very
limited extent. Savings potentials and the possibilities to reduce CO2 emissions through voluntary
renunciation are limited and by far not sufficient enough. Certainly, most people recognize the dangers
of climate change and also the need for action. But when this leads to personal restrictions, acceptance
and willingness to participate is reduced. At the same time, it is especially important to take responsibility for future generations now. However, the issue of climate change should not be about guilt. Guilt in the sense of "... your consumption is worse than my consumption ...". No one should feel attacked. After all, we all live within this system design that enabled the current state of our environment.
The solution can therefore only be to make the manufacturing processes for our consumption generally greener and more climate-friendly, rather than relying on voluntary individual renunciation or small-scale savings measures. This is already technically possible. So far it has failed due to economic efficiency, because fossil fuels are simply too cheap. The consequential costs of using them, such as dealing with the effects of climate change, have not yet been priced in-a serious system error at the expense of our children. However, making consumption more expensive, such as through the new CO2 tax, does not automatically mean significantly lower emissions as a consequence. That's why we need a billing model that works more reliably and fairly while still respecting the planet's limits. The principle Cap, Personalize and Trade - tradable, personal emissions budgets as a basic ecological income - allows each thing to be priced out with a
separate emissions price tag, giving our consumption a realistic and transparent climate price. The effect of
this whole-of-society solution is that through a limited personal budget of a carbon resource currency, we call it ECO (Earth Carbon Obligation), our demand will
change quite automatically towards greener products. Through sensible limiting and rationing, consumers themselves will therefore exert the necessary pressure for change on industry and its
The responsibility for climate protection is thus returned to EACH individual citizen, fairly and
according to the polluter pays principle. And this with a maximum of personal freedom of choice
and transparency. Because ALL costs of our ecological footprint become visible through the ECO.
People can now assign a price to the CO2 equivalent of their consumption, in addition to the economic
value. This corresponds exactly to the carbon resources consumed, along the entire production process.
There is no mixing of monetary price and resource price. Justice is a strong basic need of almost every
human being. And we all have an equal right to emit a certain amount of CO2. Paying out identical personal
emission quotas fulfills this need and enables consumption that takes into account the finite nature of the atmosphere and guarantees compliance with scientifically defined emission limits. This concept brings about transnational climate justice at all social levels, and can thus contribute to a socio-ecological
transformation of our society and economy.
» You never change things
by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."
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