While the global summit for climate change in Copenhagen made carbon credit a household name, a Mumbai-based NGO, NO2CO2, is now aiming at bringing about a small change by giving its own version of carbon credits through a campaign called Upby2.
Initiated by Vivek Gilani, the campaign encourages people to do their bit about climate change on a daily basis by asking people to request managements at coffee shops, restaurants, offices and other establishments to increase the temperature of their air conditioning by two degrees centigrade.
According to the NGO, research shows that ideal temperature for Indians in an air-conditioned room is around 24 to 26 degrees.
The campaign is to make these establishments that keep the temperature at 18 to 22 degrees centigrade increase the temperature and save energy.
“Wherever we go, especially theatres and offices the air-conditioner makes everybody uncomfortable, but we hardly do anything about it. Getting it increased by two degrees will be a small but significant step towards saving electricity which is a direct cause of climate change,” said Gilani.
“The information of every such initiative can then be uploaded on our Facebook page to earn social carbon credits,” added Gilani who intends to make the credits as sought after as air miles.
The campaign will be conducted twice every year during the summer months and October when the usage of air-conditioners is at its peak.
“The response to the campaign has been good so far. Now, rather than saying that it is the government’s problem or organising one-day awareness campaigns, we need to cement the need for climate change,” said Gilani. Yet, not many may want to volunteer for such an initiative.
“I will try to increase the temperature at my house but getting people to do it in a restaurant will be difficult and embarrassing,” said 33-year-old Bharati Mukherjee.
For details on the campaign, visit www.no2co2.in