In the face of the climate emergency, many citizens are ready to undertake significantly more efforts to reduce their carbon footprint, but an important part of this goodwill is wasted due to lack of adequate incentives. On the other hand, most of us are remarkably responsive to anything resembling a monetary stimulus. The survcoin is a dedicated currency that builds on this responsiveness: it is paid to us as a reward in proportion to avoided CO2 emissions. These rewards thus quantify the decarbonising merit of our carbon footprint reduction initiatives.
In order to take into account the urgency of the climate crisis, the amounts of survcoins paid to participants are adjusted by a coefficient that takes into account the contribution of their actions to the evolution towards a zero-carbon economy; a premium is added to reflect their exemplarity and visibility.
The survcoin, which will be deployed mainly within smartphone applications, will give a playful, gamification dimension to our footprint reduction efforts thanks to emulation among peers. Defined as a reward, it plays the carrot rather than the stick and constitutes, in the face of the difficulties we face weaning ourselves off of fossil fuels, an unexplored track.