I recently listened to the New Scientist’s on-line Event, ‘CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE TIME OF PANDEMIC’, led by climatologist Professor Mark Maslin of University College London
Climate change is the most critical issue facing the world in the 21st century. Everyone agrees we must keep global warming to under 2˚C or under 1.5˚C if possible. But how can we do this while dealing with the other great challenges of our age: pandemics, poverty, security, population growth and environmental degradation?
Prof. Maslin showed how we can rebuild the global economy after covid-19, saving our planet from climate change while improving everyone's lives. He discussed the various actions that would need to be taken by governments, by companies and by individuals.
At individual level, some of his thoughts were as follows:-
* Talk to others about the problem.
* Change to renewable energy at home.
* Reduce, reuse and recycle more.
* Change to an electric car.
* Stop flying (or offset the carbon emissions).
* Divest investments from fossil fuel companies
* Protest and vote as appropriate.
We have all heard these various points before…...but could we consider how they might apply to us personally?