The climate crisis is here. The latest report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is frightening reading.
It is easy to feel paralysis and apathy. It does not seem to matter what the individual does …
The world must cut 50 percent in CO2 emissions by 2030 if we are to avoid more than 1.5 degrees of warming. And the world has already passed one degree. This time frame might be too optimistic. Some climate researchers fear we in reality have less than two years before we reach irreversible tipping points. BBC: Not twelve years to save the world, rather 18 months
As consumers we can influence the development towards the zero-emission society by taking climate choices in everyday life. It’s not as difficult as many people think.
The action is about the four factors: Beef, Car, Home, Travel. We also add a fifth factor: Shopping. Research shows that voluntary consumption changes are more than symbolic measures and can be an important part of the solution, both in the short and the longer term.
- “Beef” means eat less red meat. “ Veggies are better!
- “Car” – use it less, travel more collectively. Vote for better infrastructure!
- “Home” – turning down the heat or AC, taking shorter showers. Install solar!
- “Travel” – reduce your number of flights or at least pay CO2 compensation every time you fly.. Train or bus rather than short haul flights.
- “Shopping” – we need to think through our purchases. Do I really need new clothes, electronics, sports equipment? Can I reuse, reduce and recycle more? Reduce waste!
Motto: No one can do everything, but everyone can do a little.
The climatic effect of such campaigns will of course not be measurable in the short term. But consumption changes are of greater importance than many believe. And by participating you help to influence public opinion and our politicians.
Get the mass media engaged. They must present scientific facts and stop being manipulated by extreme propaganda factories and fake news producers paid by the fossil fuel industry. The serious researchers who publish their research in peer reviewed scientific journals are no longer in doubt: Global warming has begun to make an increasing number of countries warmer and wetter, or countries in e.g. the Middle East, Africa and India warmer and drier. Not in 50 years, or 100. But now.
The young people’s rebellion-inspired by Swedish Greta Tunberg has a clear impact on opinion and politicians. Many young people are upset by the lack of action by their politicians, climate strikes are spreading and the young persons do have a good reason for being angry.
In addition to climate change we must dare to talk about the “elephant in the room” – the oil and gas industry. Myopic economists are quite naïve and can be directly harmful to the environment as well as the long-term economy. Oil exporting countries must take more active steps to plan the phasing out of oil and gas businesses, also because there is a high probability that the economic value of fossil fuels will be more uncertain in a world that has at least formally agreed to stop harmful global warming.
We want a better and safer world. And we want justice for those who will be the worst affected by climate change: those who come after us and the world’s poor, who are threatened by unmanageable problems.
There is no planet B!
- Is your company ready for a zero-carbon future?
- Why we need political action to rein in the oil, coal and gas companies | video explainer (Guardian 2019)
- ‘Kicking Ass for Her Generation’: Applause for 16-Year-Old Greta Thunberg as EU Chief Pledges Billions to Curb Climate Threat
- Global warming
- Global temperatures 2018 and beyond
- A Greener future – an interactive e-book on global warming and the green transformation
- The Guardian – climate
- IPCC (2018) Global warming of 1,5 degrees
- Whether vegetarian or flexitarian – ethical eating is working
- Do not be fooled! Follow the money trail!
- Feeding 10 billion people by 2050 in a warming world. Researchers look for ways to meet rising global food demand. The challenge: produce 50 percent more food while reducing GHG emissions by one-third
- Evidence for man-made global warming hits ‘gold standard’: scientists
- New research suggests a dangerous climate tipping point—and we’re nearly there already