Happy #EarthDay and #March For Science!
In short, here’s how to fight climate change (and save the world):
- Vote conscientiously. Get informed on different parties’ policies on climate and environment and how they intend to tackle them.
- Offset your carbon emissions with Saving Species.
- Reduce the amount of plastic that you use and throw away.
(Watch A Plastic Ocean on Netflix if you want to know why).
- Reduce the amount of beef and dairy in your diet – or cut it out completely (Watch Cowspiracy on Netflix if you want to know why).
and check out everything else in Your Save-The-World Starter Pack 🙂
But here’s a big question that people often ask:-
WHY SHOULD YOU BOTHER???
Amidst all the chaos in the world, the sheer magnitude of the climate change problem, it can be very easy to ask “What kind of a difference can I really make?”
You are, after all, just one person. How can one person’s lifestyle change actually do anything to change the world?
My old answer used to be that even if it seems inevitable, can you really be comfortable knowing that your actions are personally and directly contributing to the destruction of everything you love? (take rainforest destruction, the bleaching of the great barrier reef, or the threat of food and water security for your children and grandchildren as examples). Can you contentedly be a part of that? Or will you take a stand and say “No, I will do what is in my power to not be a part of that“?
That old answer is fairly powerful, in that it makes you feel a bit uncomfortable, but there’s no assurance that you will actually make a difference – and that’s what you understandably really want.
Here’s my new answer:
We’ve recently seen the Brexit referendum and the rise of Trump.
How many people said those things could never happen? How many people cast their votes the way they did because “they never thought it would actually happen“; because they “Just wanted to make a point“?
In the last year the world has been completely turned upside down, and we’re desperately close to irreparable damage on a host of issues – not least of which is climate change.
It’s a bizarrely bitter-sweet assurance that’s come out of the last year’s of turmoil:
IF YOU BOTHER TO TRY,
YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.
(now go change it for the better 😉 )