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Angela Terry, green activist and consumer expert, separates climate change fact from fiction and explains here how you can take simple, practical steps to help save the planet. Follow @ouronehome and visit https://onehome.org.uk/ for more advice.
Q: When it comes to stopping global warming, do small changes really matter?
A: Yes, of course! The climate crisis is a daunting global issue and governments around the world must work together to tackle pollution and fund resilience.
But that doesn’t mean our personal choices aren’t important. They are crucial.
Heating and cars
Energy and transport are the two main sources of greenhouse gases in the UK. If we change all the choices we make – especially around how we heat our homes and where we travel – we can have a huge impact on our carbon footprint.
In fact, we won’t reach net zero without us, the consumers, embracing clean technologies.
It’s not about going back in time or living in caves. Going green means making our society healthier, richer and cleaner. The good news is that many of the key changes will save us money.
For example, insulating our homes will not only stop cold drafts, but will significantly reduce heating bills.
Walking more or jumping on a bike will also make you healthier and happier.
Money is power. Every time we buy something, we make a choice.
And if we make positive choices, it all adds up.
We don’t need a handful of people who do sustainability perfectly.
We need everyone to do it the best they can.
be the change
It is not about individual actions or system change. We need both. They are linked. “Be the change you wish to see in the world” said Mahatma Gandhi.
One of the best ways to change a system is to lead by example and create a ripple effect among your peers. And companies are noticing consumer trends.
Climate change requires a big change – we need to halve our carbon emissions in ten years. We need the environment to become a key consideration for everyone when they spend money.
And you can start today – maybe walk your child to their friend’s house instead of driving or cook a meal without meat.
Share your changes
When you make an eco-friendly change in your life – like a holiday in Britain, buying an e-bike or taping insulation tape around drafty windows – it’s important to share it with your friends. friends and your family. Telling people is key when it comes to normalizing such behaviors.
By sharing the fact that you take the train instead of a plane or that you install solar panels, you promote real action against climate change. The fight against global warming is something that concerns us all. We only have one home and we all have a part to play in saving it.
Reality TV star Kylie Jenner has been branded a ‘climate criminal’.
According to CelebJets – a Twitter account tracking private jets – his jet flew for 17 minutes from Los Angeles to a nearby town.
The trip would have taken 40 minutes by car.
She caused a backlash against her environmentally destructive habits by sharing a photo on Instagram of her and her boyfriend between two private jets with the caption “Want to take mine or yours?” With 40 million Twitter followers alone, she could use her notoriety to be a climate leader.
Swap clothes with friends instead of buying new ones.
You will have all the pleasure of changing your look without increasing your carbon footprint.
You could make a party out of it. Sparkle and invite friends by asking them to bring at least one item they’d like to gift.
Why are temperature records broken?
This summer, temperature records have been broken across the northern hemisphere in China, Japan, the US, here in the UK, the rest of Europe and even in the Arctic Circle.
It was the hottest day ever in so many places.
These unprecedented heat waves are due to global warming.
It’s all down to greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide.
This is produced from the combustion of fossil fuels, just like the oil and gas burned in our power stations and in our boilers and cars.
When carbon pollution is released into the atmosphere, it acts like a blanket around our planet, absorbing heat from the sun, which then warms our oceans and lands.
The more fossil fuels we burn, the warmer our planet will get and the more extreme our climate becomes.
It’s getting hot here
The average temperature on Earth has increased by 1.1°C since 1880.
Most of this warming has occurred since 1975.
It may not seem like much, but these heat waves are an indication of just how serious such surges mean.
The 2015 Paris Agreement committed all countries to maintain 1.5°C warming by reducing pollution.
As it stands, we’re headed for a catastrophic 3C by 2100.
Faster than expected
Climatologists have been warning about global warming for decades.
What’s happening now is that not only have their projections turned out to be accurate, but things are heating up even faster than expected.
Heat waves come with wildfires because they create dry conditions that help them spread faster, burn longer, and rage more intensely.
We in the UK are unprepared, as the devastating infernos that raged across the country recently illustrated.
There have been nearly 500 wildfires so far this year in England and Wales, up from 237 last year.
But even in southern Europe, this year’s wildfires have been particularly destructive.
wake up call
Extreme heat is deadly. In Spain and Portugal, 748 people died in recent heat waves.
It is also a threat to growing crops and having enough affordable food for everyone to eat.
The heat wave in India earlier this year, for example, set the subcontinent’s wheat crop ablaze and created a major problem for global wheat supplies.
This summer’s soaring temperatures are a wake-up call.
The reality is that we can change our future and keep it from spiraling out of control if we act now.
fact or fiction
Climate change affects food production.
The worst effects are in equatorial regions. Even in the UK farmers have problems. For example, wheat yields dropped by 40% in 2020 due to weird weather conditions.
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This notice was published: 2022-08-06 07:03:57