It starts with me: 9 WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT


David Attenborough mural

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Now, says Sir David Attenborough is “the moment of crisis.”

The United Nations predicts that millions of refugees will have legitimate grounds to flee their homes because the impacts of climate change puts their lives at risk.

Uncontrollable fires, rising sea levels, crop failures, mass animal extinction – climate change is playing out before our eyes. And it’s taking a 16-year-old schoolgirl to make us see that now is the time to act – and decisively.

As Extinction Rebellion so succinctly put it: “It is time to stop thinking about what is ‘feasible’ – now is the time to do what is necessary.”

The experts are agreed - we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero – the government’s aim is by 2050, Extinction Rebellion say 2025 is achievable. Global temperatures have already risen by an average of 1 degree Celsius and experts warn we have just 11 years to prevent an irreversible tipping point whereby coral reefs could be wiped out, Antarctic ice sheets melt bringing rising sea levels and flooding and crop production is impacted.

Reversing and halting the damage is a mind-blowingly big endeavour but collectively, if we take bold individual steps, we can start to be the change we want to see.