One Climate One Challenge is a voluntary project with the aim of reporting on climate change and solutions to build a low-carbon world.
We travel and meet people. People including scientists, experts, innovators, citizens. People working for local and national authorities, small and
large companies from the private sector, research institutes and NGOs. And we report on their actions.
Episode 1 refers to the first trip which took place in 2012. We mainly talked
about locally-specific topics related
to climate change. For each of these topics we published an article. For instance, we wrote about forests in Easter Island, the unique Colombian Paramo ecosystem and artificial
glaciers in India. We were on local TV twice! Back home we published a book gathering the 14 articles we wrote.
The 2016-2017 Episode 2 took a similar path.
This time we focused and reported mostly on solutions. Good examples of sustainable solutions, in the fields of transportation, housing and industry
for instance. The purpose was to share an idea of what a low-carbon city can look like. We are glad we could talk about solutions which are quite unknown: buses retrofitted to electric, mobility
as a service, organic solar energy, home electricity storage, urban geothermal energy, in-situ water recycling for buildings, energy-saving architecture!
We published a second book, gathering the articles from Episodes 1 and 2.
Episode 3 will start soon, taking place in the United Kingdom...
We hope these reports will help the readers be better informed of the “challenge” that climate change represents for humankind, and to
motivate them to be part of the switch to a sustainable society.
All the flights we took may be seen as a contradiction in this story. We took planes in order to jump from one continent to another. Each flight resulting in a significant amount of carbon emissions. The reason for this contradiction is that at the beginning of our project we were not fully aware of the carbon impact of flying. We did not know the figures. Today we take the plane very rarely.
Today we are asked about this contradiction, which we see as a good sign since it shows how we have evolved as a society since 2011 and also since 2016. Understanding the link between climate change and individual action is not easy. Changing behavior to reduce one’s carbon footprint is a long path which we took almost 20 years ago. Today we keep our individual direct and indirect carbon emissions as low as we can.
The Episode 3 of One Climate One Challenge, in the UK, will be plane-free.
#Flygskam: Swedish for "Flight Shame". The fight against climate change has led many to rethink the way they travel and, in Sweden, this new word flygskam was invented for the shame associated with flying.