10 Things I can do to stop climate change

What can I do to stop Climate Change? By Mike Shipley January 2018 The Green Economics Institute Strategist


Can I make any difference?

“…. the Paris Agreement was never going to solve the climate crisis on its own. It was going to be all of us. Cities and states and businesses and universities and nonprofits have emerged as the new face of [American] leadership on climate change.” Barak Obama, adressing the 2018 Chicago Climate meeting of the Global Covernent of Mayors

“Change only happens when individuals take action,” Aliya Haq, deputy director of US Natural Resource Defense Council -“There’s no other way, if it doesn’t start with people.”

“Healing the planet starts in your garage, in your kitchen, and at your dining-room table.” [NRDC]

‘Climate Change represents a ‘moral hazard’, the interests of a future generation sacrificed by our present interests. We, each of us in the developed countries, have normalised high carbon behaviour through our lifestyles, we can change this.’ Professor Kevin Anderson Manchester Tyndall Centre for Climate Research

People lead, politics follows. It is action in day to day life that demonstrates commitment, climate action must start with us.

Ten things we can do now:

  1. Talk, spread the word about the dangers of climate change, it is real and getting worse because of human action. Tell people what you are doing and why.

  2. Switch to renewable energy suppliers and make it clear why you are doing this.

  3. Choose the most efficient appliances, and make it clear why you are choosing these.

  4. Switch off – down-power, don’t use stand-by, power-down computers when not in use, use low energy light bulbs, don’t leave unnecessary lights on, use time switches where necessary.

  5. Insulate and draft-proof your home as much as possible.

  6. Reduce meat consumption, aim to become vegetarian then vegan. Shop locally to reduce food miles, support local markets.

  7. Change travel habits to reduce fuel use, take UK holidays not fly abroad, car-share, use public transport, walk or cycle – huge health benefits. Work from home if you can.

  8. Switch to electric vehicles when possible, don’t forget the wonders of electric bikes!

  9. Repair, reuse, recycle, minimise waste and plastic. Patronise charity shops and free-cycle, part of the recycle economy. Consider shared ownership of things not used often, lend and borrow.

  10. Get political – tell local government you want more electric vehicle charging points, solar panels on public buildings, that you like wind turbines. Tell your MP that you are worried about the future, that you want them to support a switch to renewables, to support more local grown food and local markets. Tell them that their actions on Climate Change will influence your vote.

Mike Shipley January 2018