It's a sorry fact that most things we do & buy everyday is bad for the earth or supports exploitation. Climate change is rapidly a human made crisis despite what the scientists paid by oil companies say. From using anything with power from a mobile to buying a cookie has a carbon footprint that needs to be reduced.
This time it isn't media sensationalism, we have 12 years to change things. If I was a far right radical like Farage i'd get plenty of attention, but left politicians are scorned if not worse (Corbyn).
If we don't take action now, the damage will be irreversible. it'll be too late. But wouldn't it be good if it gets hotter in the UK? I love a bit of sunshine & heat, makes us all feel better? Or maybe it's a clear sign we are destroying the earth quicker than we thought.
I was taught in school about the harmful effects of fossil fuels & cutting down rainforests, so if everyone knew, why hasn't it changed? Pointing to the fact more than half of the carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere was in the past 25 years. Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970.
Business. Fossil fuel is the greatest money maker in human history. Corporations won't change unless under extreme pressure from consumers or Government. ExxonMobil plans to pump an astonishing 25% more oil & gas by 2025 than it does now. Oil & gas production has to fall by 20% by 2030, and 55% by 2050 to stop the disaster.
We have 12 years to make a massive difference in the way we live. Micro-consumerist changes such as the Government banning microbeads or using paper straws is almost insignificant to the massive actual problem, but it's a start.
There's already a solution to every environmental problem from single use plastic to using fossil fuels, all we have to do is change it.
Aren't they annoying in slowing people getting to somewhere... It's the equivalent of ignoring a fire alarm or not looking at a hole in a boat as you go into the sea. We are at a crisis point! I fully support them apart from preventing people from using public transport which they want them to use to save car emissions. But Extinction Rebellion has retaught a lesson - civil disobedience works. Amid the spluttering of news presenters, it has forced the existential threat of climate change on to the agenda.
Carbon dioxide acts like a blanket on the world, greenhouse effect, heating up the earth's surface. Carbon dioxide producers are mainly... Burning things like..
Fossil fuel digging/ extravating
Burning trees for palm oil, farming land for animals. 1/3 of all emissions.
Engines (fossil fuel) - cars, planes.
Waste - Single use plastic / plastic / throwaway consumerism / food
We all have a Carbon Footprint, from everything we do. I measured mine with WWF, even as a vegetarian i'm 20% over the 2030 target mostly due to travelling in my car & flights. If I was a meat eater, it would be 20% higher.
Some things I did not want to learn, every return flight from London to New York costs the Arctic 3 square metres of ice; for every half degree of warming, societies see between a 10 and 20% increase in the likelihood of armed conflict; global plastic production is expected to triple by 2050, by which point there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans.
My travel is by far the worst culprit of CO2. I wish i could ride my bike to places but there are no dedicated tracks & there is no public transport as I live rurally.
Check your here https://footprint.wwf.org.uk/#/
The effects are mainly Global Warming which cause...
The Earth's average temperature had increased 2 degrees during the 20th century. The past 5 years are, collectively, the warmest years in the modern record.
Extinction of species, plant & animal life, including Humans
Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970.
Draught, no fresh water, no food, no life.
Ice sheets melting 5x faster than 20 years ago, more rain, flooding,
Freak weather will become more regular & intense.
2018 the hottest year in measured history.
Louisiana is losing land at equivalent of football pitch every 45 mins.
Forests in tropical regions are disappearing at the rate of 30 football fields a minute
The 2nd largest emperor penguin colony in Antarctica disappears
Polar bears are going extinct as their land is disappearing
A 1.5°C rise may put 30% of species at risk of extinction.
A cup made from organic material which is fully recyclable. It’s possible.
We are not trying to keep things the way they are, it's always been self-destructive. The good news is we can reduce some of the damage we have already done by the Government / Corporations...
End fossil fuel use, the sooner the better, must be by 2030. Use Renewable energy, solar, wind, sea even Nuclear. These already powerful enough & are getting more efficient. 30% of electricity comes from wind farms already!
A Carbon tax for those fossil companies
End cutting down trees. Plant them. They soak up Carbon monoxide.
End Palm oil extraction from trees to save carbon & animals.
Less waste - No more single use plastic. Use organic & recyclable materials only. Food waste should be considered a crime! Supermarkets, restaurants even as individuals throw away so much food that has had a massive carbon foodprint only to be wasted, especially when millions of people are hungary. Food banks in the UK are unfortunately on the increase.
End exploitation of manufacturing abroad which travel here.
End eating meat - Animal farming is a massive contributor to deforestation. Become Vegetarian/ vegan or reduce meat especially from cows. The production of meat & dairy products is one of the major causes of greenhouse gas emissions.
All these things will also save you money.
Travel - while electric cars are too expensive, walk to school, bike, use public transport, less flying, more efficient cars with stop start.
Food - reduce meat and dairy. Don't buy imported food with massive travel footprint.
Home - turn stuff off and don't use standby, use led bulbs for less power consumption, home insulate, use a lower level of heating, shorter showers, use power providers which use renewable sources. Fix things instead of buying new.
Donate to a cause.. WWF, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Oxfam etc. This will really make a difference even if its £5 a month.
How to action these Solutions!
Maybe a general strike will make the Government listen? compared the civil disobedience in London to the civil-rights movement of the sixties and the suffragettes of a century ago. Last year fossil fuel companies spent $124,837,199 on lobbying politicians in the US alone. One recent study found that worldwide fossil fuel subsidies amounted to $4.9tn.
Greta Thunberg is inspirational - she stopped going to school as whats the point as there is no future. Whats the point of learning facts when no one listens.
“You don’t listen to the science because you are only interested in solutions that will enable you to carry on like before,” she said. “Like now. And those answers don’t exist anymore. Because you did not act in time.”
She told the European Parliament that “cathedral thinking” would be necessary to confront climate change.
We could use the desperate need for climate change to change the growing seperation of rich people getting richer & poor people getting poorer. A fair society, a safer one.
It's quite fun & feels good doing something for nature. But this is really doing something good for yourself, your loved ones and your children.
Lets change this fear & crisis into positive change. Surely we've had enough of being fearful, hate, otherness, ignorance.
We are witnessing the 6th mass extinction of earth & its not too late to stop it. Will 2019 be the year in history where we changed the self-destructive path of humanity? If we fail, we cease to exist. "We are in the end game now."