30th October 2021
Count me in?
This weekend COP26 starts. The coming together of interested parties from all over the world: government leaders, NGOs, scientists, economists, financiers, environmentalists, charities, development agencies – and if not inside the talks, then certainly present, protest groups – with the target of addressing the climate crisis:-
agreeing and undertaking to implement and finance the action needed to contain the expansion of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere,
to limit further increases in global temperatures,
to enable countries and communities to undertake adaptations to farming and infrastructure, housing and businesses:
to enable populations to live with the already built-in effects of climate change (rising sea levels, droughts, floods, wild fires, heat waves and cold snaps, storms and changing seasons)
and to do so in a way that is fair to all nations and all people.
Looking at past achievements, we are expecting a lot of COP26. If we are expecting a lot from the conference delegates then it must be right to expect a lot of ourselves too.
How far will we go? How far will we go in changing our lifestyle to protect the planet? How far will we go in curbing our consumption of limited resources? How far we we go in be willing to pay the true cost of what we buy?
Change has to begin somewhere. If no one takes the first step, then nothing happens, but if someone makes that first step them change can begin. It can seem really hard to make changes when everyone around you seems to be ignoring the problem and continuing as if no action is needed. How can we make change easier?
Be confident that you are doing the right thing.
Be proud to be a trend setter.
Get the support of like minded people.
Be an encouragement to others.
Raise awareness of why change is needed.
Raise awareness of the consequences of doing nothing.
Find ways in which change becomes satisfying, rewarding, even fun.
Keep focused on why change is necessary.
See the positives you are achieving – and talk about them to others!
Be proud to be part of the change.