Climate Action. Be Part of The Solution.
We have all seen the news about devastating bushfires in Australia & the Amazon, and most of us have heard about the massive fires in Siberia (home to the biggest continuous forest in the world). It makes for grim viewing, but there is an important lesson in these natural disasters that we all need to pay attention to.
I do not want to go on a climate change rant because I have seen too many political debates, and read too many angry blogs on the subject and I do not want to be a part of the noise on the subject! However I have read some great blogs and articles about the fires, and listened to an eye opening podcast by Full Story, which is The Guardian Australia’s news podcast. For anyone interested I would recommend listening to the podcast as it clarifies some of the reports on some news channels about the fires being man made, and gives an interesting political overview to the climate debate in Australia.
If you would like to help the people affected by the fires in Australia, or perhaps the brave firecrews, conservationists and animal rescue agencies working long hours to try and turn the tide, donating whatever you can is a great way to help. Take a look at the links below this post.
You can make sure your funds go to legitimate causes by checking the organisation's details before you donate. If you're donating online, make sure the website is secure by checking for an "https" at the start of the address, as well as the padlock symbol.
Some organisations who are accepting donations to help their work in Australia are:
- The Australian Red Cross
- Port Macquarie Koala Hospital
- RSPCA NSW
- The Salvation Army
- St Vincent de Paul Society
- South Australia Country Fire Service
- Queensland Rural Fire Brigades Association
- Victoria Country Fire Association
- NSW Rural Fire Service
Unfortunately the fires in the Amazon are still burning too. If you would like to find out more about the situation in the Amazon and how you can help, click on some of the links below.
What Else Can We Do?
It is great that so many people around the world have donated money and time to help in whatever way they can to try and improve the situations in the Amazon and Australia in particular. As good as that is, unfortunately it is too reactionary. We instead need to work towards prevention of climate disasters. So what steps can we take at home to live more eco friendly lives and help turn the tide of climate change?
Push For Green Policy Change In Our Governments.
This is the best and most important thing anyone can do to help initiate climate action. Without policy change it doesn't matter how much you recycle, live an eco friendly lifestyle or eat less meat if your government doesn’t see green agendas as important. How can we get policies changed? Vote for green parties in local and national elections. Or if voting isn’t easy then attend whatever climate change protests or marches that are taking part near you. Marches and protests can change government policies but only if enough people attend so get out there!
No matter which country you live in, I encourage you to ask your politicians what their sustainability, and eco policies are and question them on their answers. They need to understand that “‘earth first’’ should be every party's number one policy.
Eat Less Meat.
The facts are in! Going vegan will make a massive dent in your carbon footprint. Now I know this may not be feasible for a lot of people and naturally there will be resistance to someone telling you that you cannot have your beloved double quarter pounder with cheese; but maybe changing your diet to only eat meat on the weekends as a treat would work? Wasn’t meat originally a treat anyway until we started mass producing it in factory farms? I am a self confessed meat lover, but I cannot ignore the stats, and I for one have largely taken meat out of my diet. This great article from Anthropocene makes a good case as to why we should start changing our eating habits now.
Live A More Sustainable Life.
What does that even mean!? Well I wrote this blog post on this topic last year, outlining a few simple ways to start living a more sustainable life. It would be a great start to implement the suggestions outlined in this blog post, but please don’t stop there! I wrote the blog post with the intention to try and help start people on the road to sustainability. There is a lot more we can do on top of these suggestions, but it is a good place to start.
Together let’s make 2020 the year of climate action.