The strategies that Nissan and GM have announced to introduce their plug-in vehicles next year – the Leaf and the Volt – are huge in the green car world but quite tiny in the overall automotive market. The technologies used in the cars are giant leaps forward, but total sales for these vehicles will be measured in the tens of thousands for the next few years. Considering the total U.S. vehicle fleet is around 240 million vehicles, the dent will be small at first.

Still, tiny changes can add up, and that's the approach that Planet Positive is taking with their new 2020 Vision campaign. The idea is to have people share the small but positive steps that they will take in order to reduce carbon emissions and in other ways help prevent climate change. Does reading AutoblogGreen count?

British politician Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrats Leader, for example, is ditching private transportation when possible. "I barely use the car, I travel by public transport and I turn the thermostat down a degree or two, though my wife is Spanish and she has an affection for warmer homes than I do!" he said in a statement. Read more after the jump.

[Source: Planet Positive]


Have you got a Vision of the Future?
Planet Positive launches 2020 Vision: a Campaign to Inspire Action on Climate Change

2020 Visions
"I'd like to eat less and less meat, I'm doing my best but I haven't cut it out altogether."
Lord Nicholas Stern, Academic and Author of the Stern Review
"I wish for all nations to come together to have one vision. I wish for us to go back to living our ancestors' lives, to own our land, to have trees. Indigenous peoples are really affected by climate change so I urge all nations to come together to have one voice."
Moses Mopel Kisosion, Member of the Massai Tribe in Kenya
"I barely use the car, I travel by public transport and I turn the thermostat down a degree or two, though my wife is Spanish and she has an affection for warmer homes than I do!"
Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrats Leader

LONDON 14th December 2009: Celebrities, business leaders, environmentalists, politicians and school kids around the world have been communicating their hopes for life on earth by 2020 as part of a new campaign called 2020 Vision. The campaign, launched by Planet Positive, an international environmental mark for a better way of living, on, aims to reposition climate change as an opportunity to create a better way of living by presenting positive yet realistic views of a low carbon world.

The campaign was launched this week in the UK and has already been supported by celebrities such as Bianca Jagger, business leaders from M&S, ASDA, Barclays Bank, Eurostar, British Airways and every major UK political party. Environmentalists and scientists have also offered their visions including Lord Nicholas Stern, Sir Jonathan Porritt, Dr Pachauri (Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and Zac Goldsmith, director of the Ecologist.

The campaign provides people with the chance to provide their view of the future via online movies, illustrations or written word. The website allows anyone anywhere in the world to view visions and upload their own, stimulating debate around climate change. A group of school children's pictures of how their lives could look by 2020 sit alongside business leaders, politicians, designers and celebrities.

The 2020 Vision website also provides people with reassurance and clarity on the innovation, infrastructure and products that will help them shift into low carbon, more sustainable lifestyles. Ten website sections provide information on key areas of our lives such as Home, Energy, Food, Water, Travel, Transport, Communication and Entertainment.

Steve Malkin, CEO of Planet Positive, said: "The next 10 years are critical for climate change. We want to provide a clear, positive view of how our lives can be better by acting on climate change. You can see the 2020 Visions of business leaders, politicians, scientists and celebrities through to school kids and upload your own 2020 Vision."

The 2020 Vision campaign has been created by the Planet Positive Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation, focused on inspiring action on climate change and helping people reduce their environmental impact. Planet Positive recently screened a number of visions at Copenhagen, and was able to collect unique visions from indigenous peoples representing countries from all over the world.

Planet Positive is an environmental mark that certifies that a business, product or person is actively engaged in reducing their carbon emissions. The mark is based on a 4-step process of Measure, Reduce, Act and Report as laid out in the Planet Positive Protocol. Planet Positive certification has been adopted by companies such as M&S, who are constructing a Planet Positive building, and Atomic, who have created a Planet Positive certified ski boot

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