Facing Up To The Climate Challenge

Written by on March 31, 2021

As part of Harrogate Community Radio’s efforts to offset our Carbon Emissions, we have invited Zero Carbon Harrogate to be a Guest Blogger. This is the 1st of their posts:

Where do you stand on climate change? Are you someone who constantly thinks of nothing else, just have a passing interest or perhaps rather sceptical about the whole thing? This is an important question and one that we all need to consider seriously if we are avoid some potentially dire consequences.

Unlike other political and social conundrums that we have been asked to consider and even vote on, which ultimately have very minimal consequences for our daily lives, the outcome of this one will shape the future of generations to come. Expressing personal opinions on social media feeds and relegating it to a Gogglebox type discussion left on the sofa is not enough, we must all actively engage with and address this issue.

Let’s look at the facts. Our world is heating up, our weather patterns are changing, our natural world and its ecosystems are being destroyed and the majority of the world’s scientists have no doubt that climate change is a reality, caused by the way we have all lived our lives over the last 150 years or so. The wealthier we have become and the better the quality of our lives the greater the impact we have had on the environment. Perhaps not done deliberately but rather something that has crept up on us as a result of human progress and until more recent years seemed rather insignificant.

But now it cannot be ignored. The voices raised in warning have become louder and louder, our eyes have been opened by countless dramatic news footage from around the world and concerns for the future of our planet turned into legislation to limit its impact. And yet many still do not see the real urgency of the threat, believing we can somehow negotiate with the climate to allow us to continue our way of life undisturbed. In reality we have literally a handful of years in which to act, if we are to avoid reaching a point where we can no longer stop the worst impacts of a changing climate. We often hear that we need to save the planet but it’s not the planet that needs saving, it’s the life on it that needs saving.

The solution to the climate crisis is not easy, it needs a combination of government support, technological progress and above all else the individual efforts of us all to eliminate carbon emissions. This is not someone else’s problem, it’s ours and we must each face up to the challenge. It is our ever-growing demand for energy, food and materials to fuel our modern way of life that is at the heart of the problem.

Earth Day on 22 April provides a focus for climate action. Why not make that the day you start your journey to a zero-carbon lifestyle – if you haven’t already? A world without carbon emissions is not a bad world, in fact it can offer many benefits, with cleaner air, safer streets, secure food supply, greater political stability and improved physical and mental wellbeing. Follow this blog to see what steps you can take to make it happen.

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