We are all aware of the climate crisis, it's a colossal problem. How on earth can I, a regular person, save the entire planet? This is the question everyone is asking themselves and when you are feeling so helpless, there are three different roots you can go down. The first, turning your head away and avoiding the topic at all costs because it’s easier and less frightening to carry life on as normal and leave this issue to someone else. The second, becoming so distraught about the state we are in and the fact that governments aren't taking this seriously, also known as eco anxiety. The third, creating boundaries about how often you are exposed to talk on the climate crisis, taking action in the way that works for you and demanding system change. The last one is obviously the optimum mindset and it is paramount to our world that this is how the majority of us are.
Two important points to keep in mind:
The people least responsible for causing the climate crisis are the first to be affected.
People who are socially, economically, culturally, politically, institutionally or otherwise marginalised are often highly vulnerable to climate change' - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Now as mentioned previously, with eco anxiety on the rise, it's important to put boundaries on the information you're consuming (if needed) however it's equally as important to understand where we are now and where we will be if we don't make the necessary changes to how we consume and live. Knowledge is power!
- The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
- A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind: by Harriet A. Washington
- Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future by Mary Robinson
- This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klien
2. Demand System Change
If we are to fight to stop the climate crisis, we need system change! System change aims to address the root cause of social problems. We need rules, laws and regulations for the mass to reach our climate targets. Ways in which you can do this:
- VOTING; vote for marginalised communities and the environment
- Signing petitions
- Join protests (if your able to and feel comfortable doing so)
- Use your buying power (Support companies that care and if you can, boycott those that don't)
3. Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Your Food
From going vegan (the single biggest thing you can do to reduce your carbon footprint) to ditching red meats, these are just a couple of ways to reduce the carbon footprint of your food.
- Before The Flood
4. The Great Swap
A lot of high street banks fund corporations that are actively destroying our planet, however there are many new banks that focus on ethics, so you can be sure your money isn't funding destruction! You should also rethink your energy supplier for a greener one! This all takes some research, but it will go a long way in the fight for our climate.
5. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rework
This applies to all aspect of life but with the textile industry being one of the leading polluters, it is especially important to apply this to your clothes!
I recommend two documentaries:
- The True Cost - an eye opening documentary about the fashion industry
- Minimalism - a look into consumerism and the false link between happiness and possessions (one of my favourite documentaries)