Climate change and living more sustainably
Why do we need to talk about it and take action?
The science is clear. Climate change is real. It is happening now. Climate change requires immediate and ambitious action to prevent the worst effects it can have on people and wildlife all over the world. So something needs to be done about it quickly!
What has it got to do with me?
We’re facing the biggest environmental challenge our species has ever seen. No matter what we’re passionate about, something we care about will be affected by climate change….including your own family members, now and for generations to come. The way we all live our lives has an impact on the world around us – how we travel, what we eat, how we heat our homes, what we buy and so on…
So what is happening? What are the main facts/theories….?
We know that the planet has warmed by an average of nearly 1°C in the past century, mainly due to the burning of fossil fuels and the release of harmful gases into the atmosphere in huge amounts.
If we are to prevent the worst effects of climate change, there is global agreement that temperature rises need to be kept well below 2°C from the pre-industrial era, with an ambition to keep it below 1.5°C. Currently, however, assessments suggest that we are currently on course for temperature rises of up to as much as 4°C or higher. (WWF)
Many of the world’s threatened species live in areas that will be severely affected by climate change. And climate change is happening too quickly for many species to adapt.
What can I do about it?
Lots of things! You can act either as an individual a family or more widely with other people in your community. So you can:
Use your voice to speak out
Be informed of decisions and plans locally and how it will affect your area
Travel wisely – use public transport more, cycle, walk, car share, less polluting car….
Eat sustainably – local fresh produce, grow your own, organic and pesticide fee, move away from meat- dominated diet – vegetarian or vegan…
Reduce your waste – reuse stuff, get it repaired, donate it, up cycle it….or don’t buy in the first place…
Watch what you buy – be savvy, ethical, plastic free, fairtrade, recycled