The Oxford Word of 2006 is “carbon neutral”

December 1, 2006

Al Gore must be pretty happy about this and if you haven’t already, check him out on TED talks. So great to see his wit, passion and energy. Where was *this* guy at the elections?

Anyway, I like the idea of a self-enforced responsibility for your greenhouse gas emissions – like correcting a negative externality, no? The idea is that you do what you can to reduce the polluting emissions and for what you can’t reduce, you purchase offsets. These offsets in turn go to funding projects that work towards reducing emissions (solar panels, wind farms, tree planting… you get the idea).

I guess “Carbon neutral” being the Oxford word of 2006 means that the green movement has moved beyond the realm of the tree-hugging hippy and is reaching ordinary people. Not that we don’t love the tree-huggers. But the more people looking critically at how they can live in an environmentally sustainable way, the better.

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