Green Globe: Do it now and every day

| November 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

In early October 2018, www.scientist.com reported that the end really is nigh. Although there have been countless global conferences and endless agreements and promised policy changes, global warming is increasing, and humans have simply not risen to the challenge to protect the planet for future generations. The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, has just released a report entitled: “Global Warming of 1.5 °C: An IPPC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty”. The urgent goal now is to limit warming to 1.5 °C by 2030, that is, in 12 years’ time. This would require, says the report, “rapid, far reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”. Earlier in 2018, environmental blogger Rebecca Hansell attended the “How Can We Save The Planet By 2030?” conference hosted by the Earthwatch Institute Europe. At the conference, says Hansell, delegates agreed that the four most urgent issues are climate change; fresh water; wildlife and habitats and oceans. Population power is the new catchphrase. Schools and other learning institutions are vital to this battle. Young people are unceasingly at the foreground of change. Not only are they marching for it, but they’re using their skills to invent ways to turn climate change around. Hansell learned the following tips at the conference that can be taken up by every school:

• Do the things you know should be done: don’t use plastic, conserve every drop of water, and don’t drive when you can carpool, bike or walk.
• Take steps in everyday life to limit your plastic pollution.
• Research the companies that you are using and boycott those who are not changing with the times or do not meet your moral standards.
• Educate girls and women to understand more about population growth, and the alternative choices they could consider for their lives.
• Reduce food waste.
• Educate others.
• Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote for environmental issues, and show that those are the things that we care about.
• Sign petitions, lobby for change, especially online.
• Read, watch, educate yourself.
• Try to endorse living within a circular economy – find gold in the garbage.
• Get out into nature, embrace what you love about the world.

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