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'Earth Credit' , the License to Harm the Earth

Imagine a world when every item has 2 prices that people have to pay: one is the price in its local currency, the other is a price called the 'Earth Credit' i.e. the license to harm the earth.

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'Earth Credit' is inspired from the 'carbon credit' that we already have to curb the release of greenhouse gasses to the environment. For every item produced by a company, an 'Earth Credit' is assigned to it, dependent on how much its production actually harms the environment. The more it harms, the higher the 'Earth Credit' is.

On the other hand, everyone is given a number of 'Earth Credit' to be spent annually. Since everyone in this world has an equal right to live in this world, everyone is given an equal amount of 'Earth Credit' as well. To earn more, people can help out in various efforts that benefit the environment through their time or donation.

For people who have more than enough 'Earth Credit', they can either donate it back to help preserve the Earth or exchange it for real cash for those who need it more.

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Since the 'Earth Credit' is limited, existing companies are encouraged to find new ways or production that do not harm the environment. Companies who are regularly supporting various efforts to help save the environment, and hence having more 'Earth Credit' than what is needed to offset their own, can extend this 'Earth Credit' to their employee.

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Nice idea, very simple and direct! :) But I am just wondering, if the negativity of 'Earth Credit' may actually discourage food distributors and businesses to work with the supermarkets. Unless there is a big, global force to administer it, this 'license to harm the Harm' may harm many companies' brand images too.

What if we turn the tables? We award positive earth credits to food products / items which do not harm the environment. This encourages consumers to buy socially-responsible products. It doesn't harm business brand images and encourages them to find new ways of production that do not harm the environment. To add on, consumers can accumulate these positive Earth credits to exchange for certain socially-responsible products or items in the supermarket too. This may make it more manageable for a start. What do you think?

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You do raise a good point about about the possibility of harming companies' brand image. Now that you mentioned it, wouldn't be good for the earth ultimately if we can push companies who are still polluting to change for the better? :P. A little harsh, I admit.

Your suggestion to turn the tables would definitely be easier to implement though. I personally think it may not be as effective but it's certainly a friendlier approach :)

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