Alli Williams - I'm Carbon Neutral!

"Honestly, the climate crisis has been a huge point of anxiety in my life.

I think it’s my generation. I’m young, so it’s been at the forefront of my mind. Throughout middle school and high school it’s all felt very bleak. Any time I had a snack in a disposable wrapper it’d mess with my brain and make me feel physically ill. I felt guilty about it, too, but feeling guilty doesn’t give you power.

Recently, though, I’ve realized there are things we can do, bigger picture things that make a positive impact on the environment. That’s a very hopeful feeling.

I discovered Carbon Neutral Indiana through my friend Takoda Potts. I liked the idea of measuring, exactly, how much damage one’s carbon footprint causes (i.e. the “social cost” of carbon). Another thing that I liked was the idea of neutralizing those negative effects.

I knew I wanted to become carbon neutral before measuring my carbon footprint. The person I spoke with from Carbon Neutral Indiana answered my questions well. I feel very confident that this is a good investment of my resources.

I think others should become carbon neutral because this is important. I think a lot of people are concerned about the environment, some are even vocal about that concern, but people just don’t know how to channel that concern. I think becoming carbon neutral is a smart way to do that.

It’s smart because it’s putting a price tag on our lifestyles. It’s like putting your money where your mouth is. It’s not a random donation to a charity. It’s a specific investment tied to one’s specific carbon footprint. I know this will push me and encourage me to change my lifestyle and footprint going forward.

All of this is something I care about a lot. Recently, I’ve been very frustrated that it’s not easier to be environmentally responsible. Instead of being frustrated all of the time, I’ve been doing what I think others should be doing. That way, even though acting sustainably isn’t mandatory at least my actions may influence others positively." -Alli Williams

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