The Lead to Slow Climate Change: How Can We Follow Climate Scientists?

 

The Lead to Slow Climate Change:When the Australian bushfires dominated the headlines at the end of 2019, it was another reminder that climate change is happening at a pace that is difficult to slow down.

Earth is at its hottest temperature in 120,000 years, with 19 of the 20 warmest years on record taking place since the turn of the millennium. Calls for action on climate change have fallen on deaf ears for almost 20 years, but now it looks like we’re on the verge of breaking point. Can we still save our planet?

Such is the impact of climate change, a third runway at Heathrow Airport was deemed illegal, as the UK government looks to achieve a goal of net zero emissions by 2050.

Coinciding with the government pledge, scientists have started to practice what they preach and are carrying out positive steps at home. So, which of these measures can we learn from to reduce our carbon footprint?

A one hour 20 minutes return flight emits 0.24 tonnes of carbon, meaning air traffic is one of the highest contributors to carbon in the world. Experts have said travellers should restrict themselves to just one short haul flight every two to three years.

For some, the alternative to jet-setting is a car-ferry-car journey or a jump on the Eurostar to lands not far away. The argument for travelling by plane collapses when the same trip by car and boat would produce 0.08 tonnes of carbon — less than a third of the emissions produced by a plane for the same journey.

Newcastle to Belfast Round Trip: Car-Ferry-Car vs Plane

Mode of Transport Distance Time Emissions per km/hr Total
Car-Ferry-Car 734 km 13 hours 120g per km 88,080g (0.08 tonnes)
Plane 584 km 1hr 20 mins 90g per hour 240,000g (0.24 tonnes)

 

Experts are taking a stand with statistics piling up in favour of a journey much closer to the ground. Professor Dave Reay from the University of Edinburgh is setting the best example for his children. He gave up flying in 2004 and has opted for the staycation, taking his family on trips around the British Isles instead of jet setting to the other side of the world.

They even took the ferry to Amsterdam, proving that a lack of flying doesn’t have to prevent you exploring other cultures.

Live life plastic free

Plastics being dumped into our oceans is one of the most problematic concerns around combatting climate change. Almost eight million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean every year, which consequently destroys the environment, as well as the animal and plant life to which they play home.

The Plastic Free initiative has been engaged with by 250 million since July 2011, helping to declutter streets and clean our oceans. There’s also plenty you can do at home too.

Carbon specialist, Siobhán Pereira went plastic-free in her bathroom and continues encourage to others to follow her lead. You can switch your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo or biodegradable alternative for starters, as well as choosing an eco-friendly soap.

Coaching others on her lifestyle change, Pereira stated: “We’ve got so used to going into the supermarket, putting something into our baskets and coming home, but we haven’t considered what happens at the end of its life.” Supermarkets are working to reduce plastics in the fruit and veg aisle but with higher costs associated with eco choices, are we being priced out of saving the earth?

 Going off the grid

With material possessions dominating social media channels, we can find ourselves complaining about intruding into our private lives and seek the chance to press pause on what we’re doing. With everything available at the touch of a button, from switching your heating on at home before you have left the office for the day, to ordering clothes through your smart phone, technology is making everything more convenient for consumers.

Go back to the basics. Choose a LPG Bulk Tank and remove the factors that contribute to a rising carbon footprint –  have a positive impact on the world. Switch your oil heating for the more environmentally friendly liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). LPG produces less carbon emissions when burned and can also be used for domestic tasks, including fuelling an oven, as well as your boiler.

You can make change happen if you put your mind to it. Read Dr Alison Green’s book for guidance. The national director at Scientists Warning has opted to put her house on the market to downsize her carbon footprint. She plans to grow her own food, insert solar panels to source electric, and make a commitment to running an eco-friendly house.

Scientists are pulling out all the stops to influence the changes we need to make to save our planet. Governments are finally starting to wake up to climate change, but until the everyday person is sold on the idea that life will be better for them, it seems we may be having the same conversations in 10 to 15 years’ time.

Human convenience means we have been slow to react to climate change, but we can make a difference. Will you make the change today and give our planet the chance to survive?

Sources –

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/26022020/climate-oceans-weather-fishing-gyres-gulf-stream-sea%20level

https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/world-ocean-day-2019-oceans-plastics-problem/story?id=63324490

https://mashable.com/article/climate-change-2019-list/?europe=true

https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/world-ocean-day-2019-oceans-plastics-problem/story?id=63324490

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/784263/UK_Statistics_on_Waste_statistical_notice_March_2019_rev_FINAL.pdf

https://www.flogas.co.uk/domestic-lpg-bulk

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jun/29/no-flights-four-day-week-climate-scientists-home-save-planet

https://co2.myclimate.org/en/portfolios?calculation_id=3407532

https://darkbluejournal.com/how-to-radically-minimize-your-bathroom-routine-less-plastic-more-money/

https://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/global-temperature/

The Lead to Slow Climate Change: How Can We Follow Climate Scientists?

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Previous Post
UK announces £1.7bn road & railway investment
Next Post
‘Increasingly severe weather caused by climate change threatens grid’

Related Posts

Menu