Zero Waste Week & Climate Change

This year’s #ZeroWasteWeek focuses on climate change. Each day will look at a different aspect of our lives that contributes towards climate change & what we can do differently to reduce that. It’s hard to imagine the huge impact climate change will have on us all. Talking about what climate change actually means is tricky, because on the one hand, we often like to block out anything challenging or scary & just get on with our own lives. On the other hand, how can we motivate each other to make changes if we don’t realize & acknowledge the seriousness of our situation?

Sir David Attenborough said this year

“I find it hard to exaggerate the peril”

“This is the new extinction and we are halfway through it. We are in terrible, terrible trouble and the longer we wait to do something about it the worse it is going to get”.

After a summer of fires in the Amazon as well as the Arctic, record temperatures and melting ice caps, it’s easy to think we are powerless, that our small contribution will be insignificant whilst some larger corporations and governments continue to ignore the crisis. However, research shows that our own lifestyle changes can have a much larger knock-on effect. They help shift people’s perception of what is ‘normal’ and encourage much wider change. Twelve months ago, Greta Thunberg was a lone voice protesting outside the Swedish Parliament. In the last year, she has influenced millions, addressed the UN, as well as numerous governments, established a global movement and been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize – and she is only 16 years old! Let’s not underestimate what we can all achieve together.

Zero Waste Week is a great place to start, to get motivated and to get informed about what we need to do. We all have a role to play. Understanding the links between landfill waste and climate change can help us make better choices. We simply accept we are a throwaway society, but all that needs to change. We need to learn to see our rubbish as a resource and start using it properly, to see the value in everything that is produced & learn to preserve, re-purpose & re-use what we have. Time is running out. Many reports say we have around 10 years left to turn this around. This is often misunderstood to mean that we have ten years left before we need to act. We do not. This our final call.

Everyone will have their own motivation. Personally, as a mother, I want to help protect the world my children and grandchildren will grow up in. Also, I see that climate change is already having a significant impact on the poorest in our world. Those who have contributed the least towards this crisis are paying the biggest price and this does not sit well with me.

What’s your motivation? What are your barriers? What can you start doing differently today?

Sign up at www.zerowasteweek.co.uk & follow on twitter for lots of inspiration, tips & info this week.

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