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Kick the habit: a UN guide to climate neutrality

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This guide advises how to live a greener and cleaner life. Its particular focus is on carbon neutrality. The guide aims to explain in practical terms how individuals, corporations, cities and countries can start to change. It is stressed that everyone is part of the climate change solution. There are a number of good reasons to become climate neutral, and chief among these are to: spare the climate, conserve natural resources, protect human health, and boost the economy. Nevertheless, a huge gulf is identified between the current situation and the climate-neutral future that is needed. The climate change problem is here to stay but individuals, businesses, cities and governments still have the power to influence just how serious the problem will be. The authors stress that persistence, patience and determination are needed. The guide discusses a climate change neutrality cycle. Key points highlighted from this include:

the most crucial step in the cycle is counting and analysing the emissions that need to be eliminated and the options available for doing this 
there is, ultimately, no substitute for action - taking action to work towards climate neutrality can unlock unrealised potential 
GHG emissions saved by one person or in one country are just as valuable as savings by someone else: the atmosphere will still benefit. So if someone wants to emit more than they want to or are allowed to, why not simply pay to help reducing emissions elsewhere? 
organisations who have achieved their initial objectives in reducing GHG’s should assess what they have achieved and how they have achieved it so that this information can be disseminated. They should also continue with what they initially started, and take on the learning from what they have just completed to make it more effective.