The population of Australia is around 23 million, in the UK its around 63 million. These are massive numbers. When seen like this what on earth can one person do to have an impact on climate change? Well, one person’s efforts might seem insignificant, but one million people have the chance to do something much more substantial. That is why I love the Australian website 1Million Women whose aim it is to inspire one million Australian women to take practical action on climate change. Cutting a tonne of CO2 each through simple, easy to implement measures. Why not make that pledge?
1Million Women was set up by Natalie Isaacs and Michelle Grosvenor in 2009. The aim of the site is to bring together daughters, mothers, sisters and grandmothers who are committed to protecting our climate, our communities and our future, leading change for the better.
Once signed up, the site provides an activity centre with over 50 ways of cutting pollution in your life. I’ve signed up for a number of activities that can help me cut emissions. I do the majority of the carbon reducing activities anyway, but there are a few things on the list that I can have a go at. One is trying to grow some of my own veggies. Having tried this a couple of times I realised that my heart is green but my fingers are more of a dead brown. I have managed to keep the latest batch of herbs alive for just over 3 weeks, although that is more to do with the wet weather than any tending on my part. But its a start. There are lots of other little things that can be done that all add up…
I love the idea of being part of a community all making an effort to do something positive. I’m hoping in some little way that the information on the Green Beings website might help people make some more informed eco-friendly shopping choices and so helping with the one million tonnes goal.