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 buy connects us to all those people and all those places.
So our everyday choices can be a force for social and environmental good, or ill, world-wide.
Climate change isn’t the only concern, but I think we have to give it priority for two reasons. One is that it will make every other social and environmental issue worse, from human health and development to species and habitat loss. And if large areas of the Earth become un-farmable we will also see mass human migration and conflict over resources. The other reason is that we have to stop it before it goes any further. We can’t go back later if we find that we don’t like the consequences.
Report after report from academics, government advisors and the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) says that, although we’ve been aware of climate change for over 50 years, our past failure to act means that we have to make big changes and make them now. It’s not complicated. We just need to get on with it!
Living Greener aims to answer the question, “what can I, personally, do?”
The idea is to develop simple, clear, and effective changes that we can make in our everyday lives, and a global community to support us through those changes. Working together we can develop the best ideas, and acting together we can have the biggest impact.
You can create your own personal change list, rate and review the changes and share your own ideas. There’s the blog to explore the bigger issues and put the personal changes in context. There’s a Twitter feed of news stories about the science and policy of change at the local, national and international levels. And there’s a Living Greener Facebook group where we can build a global online community for change.
It’s free and volunteer-run, (If you’re curious, here’s more about us.) with no advertising and no ties. It’s just here to help.
We’ve split things into 6 areas.
- food – sourcing, buying, cooking, eating
- home – heating, lighting, washing, cleaning, recycling and home finances.
- transport – from holidays to dog walks to shopping trips
- stuff – clothes, white goods, tech, furniture and the general stuff of life
- work – cycle racks, recycling, grab-and-go lunches, and turning out the lights
- play – maximum fun/minimum pollution, and creating a low carbon foundation for a happy life.
Our only prejudices are that climate change is real, that we can do something about it if we work together and support one another, and that individual changes add up and influence other people, businesses and governments.
So, what do you think?