The IPCC report came out which was created by 132 scientists and they used 6000 scientific publications and they have found that we only have 12 years to limit global warming to 1.5degrees. Think about it 12 years is not that long. 2006 doesn’t feel that long ago. We need to act now! Change has to happen from the bottom up that is the general population making everyday changes and from the top, the government really needs to pull up their trousers and start creating legislations that have planet and people best interest and not just the interest of big corporations!
So what can you do on an everyday basis? below are some of my top lifestyle changes:
EAT MORE PLANTS – “researches at the University of Oxford found that cutting meat and dairy products from our diet could reduce an individual’s carbon footprint by up to 73 percent.” The Independent
SAY NO TO SINGLE USE – specially plastic! I made a little video on why the zero waste movement is important and another on how to get started.
CYCLING – Extract from my dissertation:
Cycling is the answer to many things. According to the literature it is good for ones’ health, for the health of the community and it could have a significant impact on the health of our environment (Lovelace et al.,2011; Heinen, 2011; Pucher et al., 2010; Pucher & Buehler, 2008).
Transport is responsible for 26% of global CO2emissions, with road transport accounting for 65% and it is amongst a small number of industrial sectors that are still growing (Chapman, 2007). Chapman (2007, p357) stresses the urgency in focusing in the present and creating short-term behavioural change and describes cycling as “real alternative” due to being “zero carbon”.
Additionally, Tighter et al. (2011) state that in the UK 66% of trips are less than 5 miles which can be cycled in 30 minutes and 19% are less than a mile long which can take about 6 minutes to cycle, which is more reason for making cycling a viable transport option.
SHOP MORE CONSCIOUSLY – The things we buy require resources and energy to produce them and transport them. I wrote a whole blog post about why and how which you can find here.
ENERGY SUPPLIER – switch to a supplier who uses renewable energy.
LINE DRY CLOTHES – tumble driers use up a lot of energy so skip them and instead use a clothes horse or line dry. Also wash at 30 degrees.
Changing how we live our lives doesn’t normally change over night so focus on the things that you feel you can acchieve and use that good feeling from achieving those things to see what you can tackle next. Also it might seem difficult to always remember to carry bags and a water bottle with you but what I have found is that over time they become a habit like always taking my phone with me and its no longer extra work.
And finally I would urge you to join your local environmental group even if it’s only their Facebook group to begin with. We need to take action and make the government see that things need to change.