Thousands pledge to tackle global warming through individual actions

Media releases, National Science Week

National Carbon Counter project proves a hit as individuals, families and schools pledge to lower emissions.

Media release: 25 August, 2020

More than 11,000 people have signed up to Carbon Counter, the countrywide challenge produced by the ABC Science Unit for National Science Week.

The challenge shows families, individuals and schools how to reduce their contributions to global warming by making simple and easy changes to everyday routines.

The project is ongoing, but thousands who signed up since its launch in early August have collectively pledged to save more than 4200 tonnes of carbon dioxide over the next year. That’s the equivalent of:

  • the amount of carbon dioxide absorbed by 12,700 tree seedlings planted and grown for 100 years,
  • 1153 cars taken off the road for a whole year, or
  • 1694 tonnes of coal not burnt.

“This shows that Australians are keen to help bring down carbon emissions, and that lots of people doing simple things can add up to a substantial result,” said Kylie Andrews, the project producer at ABC Science. 

The Carbon Counter is open-ended, meaning there is still plenty of time to explore simple hacks to tackle global warming.

Examples include:

  • Turning off school fridges over the holidays.
  • Driving to the supermarket twice a week instead of every day.
  • Switching the washing machine over to cold water.
  • Reducing your speed by 10 kilometres per hour when driving on the freeway.

Carbon Counter is presented by ABC Science with funding through the Australian Government’s Inspiring Australia strategy.

Visit the website and join the challenge at

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