Back in the 80s, when I was studying the environment, the question of how to effect climate action in a globally just way was hard to figure out. Why shouldn’t Third World countries develop and exploit natural resources and enjoy the pleasures that a higher standard of living can bring? Just because it is “bad for the environment?” When the first world is largely responsible and enjoyed the benefits!
Equitable Climate Change
Who wouldn’t want a car, air-conditioning/heating, a comfortable home and life? Here’s a good reason:
Burning of fossil fuels and deforestation> polluting emissions and habitat and biodiversity loss> increased global temperatures> melting polar ice>disturbances of oceanic and global weather systems> increased mega-fires, drought and extreme weather events> agricultural and economic disruption>breakdown of food and supply chains> environmental catastrophe?
Carbon Emission Reduction
For those living outside the developed world, there’s some comfort from Professor Rockström, a Director of the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research. He represents both Future Earth and Earth League and states the latest statistics show:
..the richest 1% must reduce emissions by a factor of 30, while the poorest 50% in the world can actually increase emissions by a factor of three for the world to stay within the global carbon budget in a fair way.Johan Rockstrom –
Climate Action by Behavioural Change
We need to have a transition not only into decarbonisation of the energy systems in terms of technologies, but we also need 1.5°C lifestyles.Johan Rockstrom
Seven Simple Ways to Help the Planet and Live a 1.5°C Lifestyle
- Eat Less
- Fly less
- Avoid plastic
- Buy from local suppliers
- Upcycle and re-use
- Turn off power sources when not needed
- Live sustainably – buy only what you need, not what you might want.
Lead by example and pressure your policymakers and parliamentary representatives to do the same.
Are you decreasing consumption levels?
What are the barriers to lower carbon consumption in your region?
Read more about these sobering facts were sourced from pendantry.wordpress.com/
Read also a wonderful post from Jill on Greta Thunberg – the Covid crisis has replaced the environment in the headlines but one still feels in awe of Greta’s words which inspire us all to do more.