“ It is still not too late to act. It will take a far-reaching vision, it will take courage, it will take fierce, fierce determination to act now, to lay the foundations where we may not know all the details about how to shape the ceiling. In other words, it will take cathedral thinking. I ask you to please wake up and make changes required possible.” Greta Thunberg
I am joining the beautiful Greta Thunberg and all the young activists that today are going to miss school and start a week of strikes for Climate Action, bringing the attention of world leaders to start making the right choices, because we are already living in a crisis that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
This is just before the United Nations Climate Summit on the 23rd of September where she will be talking too, and where countries are asked to commit to precise actions and start resolving the situation urgently.
The United Nations in their compaign ACT NOW have identified 10 key actions which you can take in your daily life to help reverse Climate Change. You can also record what you do in their page.
- Drive Less. If you have shops not too far from your house, choose to walk instead of taking the car. I have given up driving 9 years ago and even if I have to walk a few kilometres to get to my Artist supplies shop I do it with pleasure and bring the camera so I can take beautiful flower pictures along the way.
- Local Produce. Look for places in your local Area where you can buy vegetables or fruits that come from around there, they will for sure taste better than anything coming from far.
- Bring Your Own Bag. Everywhere you go shopping always take your own bag so you can avoid any uncessary plastic bags.
- Unplug. Everytime you stop using the computer and television always unplug it, you will reduce electricicty consumption. And I personally consider very healthy to Unplug from any type of technology at least once a week for the whole day and spend it in Nature looking at all the tiny and beautiful details that you can observe there from the ants, the bees, the birds…All treasures that could be gone if we are not careful.
- Recycle. Before you are about to throw anything, ask yourself if there could be any other use of it. Search on Pinterest. You will be surprised on how many ideas there are on how to transform anything. Even a paper roll!
- Zero-Waste-Fashion. There are so many ways one can transfrom a piece of cloth. I recently cut out the pockets of old trousers and now is where I keep my brushes and with the legs I have made produce bags. Also buy only clothes that you are going to wear and from sustainable sources.
- Refill and Reuse. Buy reusable Water Bottles for when you travel or use glass water bottles at home. As well use any glass container for the fridge/freezer instead of plastic bags. If you can, buying in Bulk from food to cleaning products is not only cheaper but reduces plastic.
- 5- min showers. Try to keep the length of time to shower to the min and so save gallons of water. I learned this when I was in my camper van, living most of the time in remote areas with no access to water I had to keep my water consumption to the minimum and I would still be very cleaned!
- Meat -Free-Meals. Cattle production accounts for 14.5% of greenhouse effects the same as transport,(fighting global warming) plus it is the reasons why forests are being cut down and burned like the Amazon forests. Our grandfathers lived with one meat meal a week and lived healthy until old age. If you can’t go Vegan or Vegetarian at least reduce its consumption, your body and the earth will love you for it.
- Lights Off. Remember to switch the light off as soon as you exit a room and try to use low consumption bulbs like Led Lights. If you are able either switch your electricity provider to 100% renewable energies, or install solar panels and wind turbines.
“The impacts of climate change are being felt everywhere and are having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now that will enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies.
The latest analysis shows that if we act now, we can reduce carbon emissions within 12 years and hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C and even, as asked by the latest science, to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres is calling on all leaders to come to New York on 23 September with concrete, realistic plans to enhance their nationally determined contributions by 2020, in line with reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent over the next decade, and to net zero emissions by 2050.” Extract from article at United Nations site.
“I want to hear about how we are going to stop the increase in emissions by 2020, and dramatically reduce emissions to reach net-zero emissions by mid-century ”
If you were thinking of buying a unique gift or any beautiful T-Shirt, head over at Red Bubble or my shop Sunfreestar Red Bubble on the 23rd September as on this day they will be donating 1$ of each purchase as well as TeePublic to 350.org which is an international environmental organization addressing the climate crisis. Its goal is to end the use of fossil fuels and transition to renewable energy by building a global, grassroots movement. Safety and justice for people across the globe is a critical part of 350.org’s mission.
Thank you for reading and would love to know your thoughts on this.