Our world is more connected than ever. We buy food, clothes, cars and computers, made by people, and with resources, from all round the planet. What we choose to consume and use connects us to all those people and all those places and can be a force for social and environmental good, or ill, world-wide…. just through our everyday choices.
Plastic pollution and climate change are making headlines again. Climate scientists say we have a decade to act. Young people worldwide are making their voices heard. They want our generation to pass on a world that is safe, healthy and a joy to live in. So this is surely the moment to link across the generations and around the world and find ways of living that are better for people and planet.
Climate change isn’t the only concern, but I think we have to give it priority for two reasons. One is that its impact will affect every other social and environmental issue, from species and habitat loss to human heath and well-being, and, if large areas of the Earth become un-farmable, mass human migration and conflict over resources. The other is that we have to stop it before it happens, or before it goes any further. We can’t gho back later if we find that we don’t like the consequences.
So doing something about climate change is urgent and important, and the potential consequences of inaction are widespread, long-term and severe. That puts a big red flag by climate change on the global risk assessment form.
Convinced of that, Sue and I have set out to look at the daily choices we make. We don’t want to make painful sacrifices that do little or no good, and we don’t want get weighed down with useless guilt, so we’ve started to sift through the information out there, to compare the effects our choices have, to look at alternatives, and to prioritise where we put our effort for the greatest benefit.
We’ve split things into 5 areas. The blog posts are tagged with these subjects and there are 5 pages where you can find some basic facts.
- food – sourcing, buying, cooking, eating
- home – heating, lighting, washing, cleaning and recycling
- travel – from holidays to dog walks to shopping trips
- stuff – clothes, white goods, tech, furniture and the general stuff of life
- fun – maximum fun/minimum pollution.
But there is quite literally no point in doing this on our own! So please join in and contribute your own ideas, experiences, knowledge and questions. Find out how on the connecting page.
Explore the site, have fun, live greener and stay in touch. Thanks,
Grant and Sue
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Since the question does come up, yes, the climate has changed before, quite naturally, but this is different. Apart from when the meteorite hit and wiped out the dinosaurs, the world’s climate has never changed as rapidly as it is now. And last time we had a major climate upheaval, during the last ice age, we didn’t have almost 8 billion people to house and feed. The entire population of Europe at that time was less than the current population of the island of Ibiza.
This is very different!