Climate Change, Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions….. Big words that are thrown about so much today that many of us have become immune to the critical significance of them. I’m not going to give you a lecture on this subject, you’ve heard enough in the media, rather I’m going to summarize the problem of global warming and show you that each of us, even you, even your kids, can make a great difference if only we would pay attention and commit to making a change – making a difference.
By Definition, Climate Change is the total amount of greenhouse gases produced to support human activity. It is expressed in tons of Carbon Dioxide (CO2). Some say that climate change has been going on for thousands of years and is a natural thing, so why worry? Climate fluctuations do occur, this part is true, but climate change refers to the direct impact that humans have on the planet.
A Carbon footprint is an estimation based on your life style that indicates how much of the earth you are consuming to live the way you do. In many cases we theoretically require more than one earth to keep up this behaviour which is obviously not possible. So, if we are using up natural resources on one earth and we don’t have another earth to decimate, how long can we stick around on this one? The answer in short, is not very long if we don’t wake up and be accountable for the horrendous waste of natural resources and the contamination of our planet. We are on a rollercoaster ride to Doomsville.
Before I go any further, we need to stop a moment and thank China for refusing to take our garbage in January 2018. I’m sure they didn’t mean to be so proactive, but the effect has been profound with several major countries. Suddenly, we have nowhere to ship our crap and we don’t want it on our doorstep, so what are we going to do with it? Enter the
sudden and dramatic rise to find solutions and fast. Now, countries are banning major plastic pollutants and promoting sustainability in a much bigger way than they ever did before. Antigua has banned plastic packaging and I see the effect around me already. This weekend there is an island wide drive to clean up the island and her beaches. People are waking up and starting to pay attention. This is good. Thank You China. Here are major headlines from the past three months. It would be funny if it wasn’t so serious.
So if greenhouse gases which support human activity are to blame for climate change, how do we stop or even reverse it? First off, people need to know how they are impacting their world themselves. There are several carbon footprint calculators available online to calculate your personal impact. It is a good idea to do this because you may think you are living green enough, I recycle, I compost, I use a reusable cup for my coffee, how much more can I change? It’s not only about changing, it’s about awareness and what we are changing. reducing plastic waste is awesome, it really is, but if you insist on running your car to the grocery store every time you need something, if you insist on using your dryer all the time to dry your clothes, if you insist on flying instead of driving, then the little changes, while they make a difference, are drowned in all the other poor lifestyle actions or choices we take. Frankly, we do need to make a better effort. We need a plan, we need to be focused and we need to be determined in this effort.
It is overwhelming to know what we can do and we have a free PDF you can put on your fridge to remind you and your family on the things you can do to make a BIG difference. Think of it as a checklist, a reminder that we need to do some serious spring cleaning in
the planet earth department. It a big job and we need family, friends and relatives to pitch in.
I have been watching Ellen DeGeneres lately and she always says be kind to one another. It’s time to be kinder to one another, it’s time to be kind to our planet and our oceans. In the long run, you would be doing the greatest service to one another, so be kind to our planet. It’s Time.