The battle against Covid-19 has been difficult. It has cost lives and livelihoods and stalled economies. Lockdowns have taken a toll on people’s mental and physical health and their family relationships. Amid the lockdowns and reduced economic and social activities, however, global carbon dioxide emissions fell more than 6% last year to their lowest rate since 2006, based on research from the Global Carbon Project. 

While emissions have since returned to pre-Covid levels, last year’s slowdown provided a glimpse of the scale of action required. Projections by the United Nations Environment Programme show that we need a 7.6% reduction per year globally for 10 years to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. There is a growing urgency to change the way we live, work and play to mitigate the impact of our businesses and lifestyles on the environment.

As governments around the world grapple with the best way to achieve their targets under the Paris Agreement — to peak carbon emissions as soon as possible and to achieve carbon neutrality or net-zero emissions by 2050 — businesses and individuals are considering the most impactful way to hasten the transition from the bottom-up.

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