Consumers and the Climate Crisis: The key to unlocking behaviour change
Emissions from consumption are a persistent and difficult challenge for climate policy strategy. Behavioural changes are said to be too difficult to implement, or too contentious. This is no excuse for inaction: ‘lifestyle’ emissions will need to decline by 80-93% by 2050 in developed countries, and between 23-84% in developing countries, for the world to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
To help governments and other stakeholders address this challenge, Consumers International has produced a report setting out the recommended approach of global consumer advocacy. The report is a synthesis of actions and ideas from our membership of over 200 consumer advocacy organisations, who represent consumers in countries at different stages of economic development, but are united in their view of consumer rights and responsibilities in a safe, fair and sustainable marketplace for all. It is also an invitation to all marketplace stakeholders to connect, learn and build together.
The report provides insight into what consumer-centred solutions can and should look like across six major areas of transition: transport, energy, manufactured goods, diets, domestic heating and cooling, and finance. Policy recommendations for each area of transition are accompanied by examples of our members’ work, demonstrating how consumer advocacy’s approach to behaviour change works in practice.