Nudging Barnet: Behaviour Change and the Climate Emergency
Our June meeting is on Wednesday 16th June 2021 from 6pm to 7.30pm online.
Please book on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nudging-barnet-behaviour-change-and-the-climate-emergency-tickets-157198846983. A Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants.
Introducing “positive” behaviours in residents and businesses in Barnet to encourage initiatives to reduce climate impacts.
This month’s Barnet Climate Action Group (BCAG) meeting will discuss opportunities in Barnet on measures, information and “nudges” that could be introduced to support “positive” behaviours in residents and businesses in the borough to encourage initiatives to reduce their climate impacts.
The discussion will be led by Dr Simon Moore of behavioural science experts Innovation Bubble.
The UK has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 40% since 1990 but this progress has come largely from actions that have not involved consumers changing their behaviour – notably decarbonisation of electricity supply. Over the coming decade there will be a need to shift focus to other more challenging sectors of energy use such as decarbonising transport and heat which will require more more intervention in our lives.
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) are also pointing to other areas where public action will be needed such as a reduction in the consumption of all meat and dairy of 50% by 2050 compared to today’s levels, a reduction in flying of 10% compared to pre- COVID levels, and up to one third of all car journeys being replaced by walking, cycling or public transport
The role of individual behaviour change will be important if the UK is to achieve Net Zero and there is now an urgent need to identify and implement solutions for promoting greater engagement and action from citizens and consumers.
You may be interested in reading Prof Nick Chater recent report from the CCC ‘Net Zero after Covid: Behavioural Principles for Building Back Better‘