"I’ve been worried about climate change my whole life. When I was a kid we
called it the greenhouse effect and I assumed that, by the time I grew up,
someone else would have fixed it. But no one did.
In my 20s I realised that, as one of the grownups, it was my job to fix it. I
sought out roles in sustainability and grew increasingly despondent at leaders
who denied climate change. Then I had a baby.
This transformed me. Those future generations I’d worried about now had a face.
I couldn’t keep working my day job in recycling and flying halfway around a
burning planet in my spare time. I wanted to take direct action.
I began my carbon diet in 2018, setting out to cut my carbon footprint and that
of the average Australian by 75%. I ran 34 lifestyle experiments to see what
worked. Along the way I learned carbon accounting, started a recycling company,
wrote a blog, made art, looked after my daughter and became a politician.
Meanwhile, Australia endured floods, fires, storms, choking smoke and a
Environmental hope is hard but my carbon diet brought plenty. Australia’s
climate wars over the last 30 years suggest we must either live in a cave or
stick to our current course. That’s simply not true. Deep cuts are possible
with the right information. Change has made my life better, simpler and
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics