Today I've been thinking about the fact that the answer to climate change is in the term itself. Change. We need change. We need a change in government attitudes and policies. We need change to the consumerist attitudes and indulgent lifestyles. We need change to the way we produce and source our food. We need major change and we need it NOW! There is not one of us that could not make some type of change to reduce our impact on the situation.
Our environment group didn't hold a march. We decided to do something a bit different. We decided that rather than march, we would encourage people to address climate change at a personal level. We sat outside a local supermarket for four hours and sewed shopping bags. They were made from recycled material and we gave them away for free. We hoped to encourage people to stop using plastic bags which are so harmful to our environment. With the bags, we gave a flier listing various easy ways people could address their personal impact on climate change.
Other times I despair that people are so indulgent that, although they acknowledge a climate emergency, they don't want to adjust their lifestyles. These people are looking for answers through technology. While I totally support renewable energy and love some of the clever advances that are being made with green products, we live in a finite world. There just aren't enough resources to go around. Life needs to be simpler. If only people could embrace the beauty in life that has nothing to do with beautiful homes, gorgeous clothing, owning the latest gadgets or just shopping in general. Life is so much more. It is family, friendship, appreciation for warm and comfortable homes, belonging in a useful and meaningful way to community, and animals, and tummies full of good wholesome food, vegetable gardens, clean water to drink and do-it-yourself and..... I could go on all day!
Here are the small changes we suggested in our leaflet -
· Shop with reusable bags (including veggie bags)
· Buy local
· Buy organic
· Drive less (complete several tasks on one trip)
· Use public transport
· Grow vegetables
· Cook meals from scratch (cheaper too! Woo Hoo!)
· Keep chooks – they give you eggs and when you feed them scraps you’ll reduce your rubbish
· Buy second hand where possible
· Repair items rather than throw them out
· Use less electricity – turn off lights and electrical appliances when not in use
· Cook in bulk and freeze (uses one lot of energy for more than one meal)
· Buy only things you really need, find other ways to have fun than shopping
In summary, I'm delighted to see so many people out there are taking this as seriously as I am and are demanding change. Together we can make a difference.
Please add to the ideas in the comments. I'm sure there are many ideas I haven't mentioned and the more we have, the better.