The science behind climate change is pretty clear cut (for the skeptics, please check what NASA, the Scientific American, the British Royal Society, the National Academy of Sciences of the US, and Skeptical Science have to say). And what the science says is, we’re heading headfirst into an apocalypse.
Imagine being in a spaceship called Earth. Imagine that an average increase of 1.5 degree Celsius has messed up the sensitive food production system, has turned large parts of the spaceship uninhabitable, and fresh water production is failing. Desperate, people start forcing their way into areas where food can still grow and where there is still water. The people living there already don’t want to share. A fight starts. Blood flows.
The problem a lot of people face when discussing climate change is not knowing what to do on an individual level. “What can I do?” There is a lot of noise about this or that international agreement, but they don’t translate well to every day life. I’ve yet to find one person who can explain to me in concrete terms how my life will change because of the Paris Agreement.
I’ve found this interesting article by the BBC that outlines 10 individual changes you can make. I don’t agree all of them are achievable or even realistic for individuals, but hopefully they will provide some food for thought.
It is possible to take individual action. Given how the climate crisis isn’t on any government’s agenda (except for poor Tuvalu), don’t rely on anyone other than yourselves to change things.
And, if you think individuals can’t make a difference, keep an eye out for the next blog post.
Those who know me, are aware of how intense I get whenever the climate cause pops up in a discussion. To get an idea of how I feel about it, imagine being in a spaceship flying through the cold void and the crew messing with the life support systems for profit. I bet you wouldn’t keep your mouth shut. I bet you would take action.
Having said that, the climate crisis is the result of a million social and economic ills that are not always black and white. There is no silver bullet for this problem and it can become overwhelming.
Which begs the question; What Can I Do? Assuming you don’t have a ton of influence, what can you do to help?
The Eden Reforestation Projects have a useful link about ways you can contribute; https://edenprojects.org/waystohelp/
Reforestation is not only about having nice green to hike through, and forget about the contribution to atmospheric oxygen (plankton does the heavy lifting in that regard). It’s about maintaining ecosystems, soil health, preventing runoff into the ocean, and pulling greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. And, of course, it’s about supporting the local communities that rely on forests for climate regulation. Without them, entire towns would get swept away by mud every time it rained. I’d know, I’ve seen it happen.
Please help protect the planet. It’s the only one we have.
Dear friends, good news.
The Hush, my debut novel, got picked up by Inspired Quill for publication aiming for July 2022. Obviously these are exciting news, made doubly so by the fact that Inspired Quill is an indie publisher fighting the good fight. It actively donates to charity and we’re expecting to give some of the proceeds to environmental causes.
I’ll be posting more details as we’ll be getting closer to the date.