Would you like to improve your knowledge of climate change? Have you ever wished you were better equipped to argue climate change at the dinner table – or when it was raised with friends, colleagues, clients, politicians? Here is the first in our series of ten tutorials on climate change.
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The 2012 London Olympic Games made claims that it would be ‘the world’s first truly sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games, leaving a legacy far beyond the departure of the Olympic Flame.’ So with a day to go before the opening ceremony, I thought I’d find out a bit more about what that means and whether these aspirations have been achieved.
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?
Instead of a short‐term, throwaway attitude to ‘stuff’, Salvos Stores Buy Nothing New Month extends the life cycle of goods, maximises the embedded cost and resources in the stuff we buy and gives an introduction to the re‐cycled, free‐ cycled, upcycled , secondhand, ‘swishing’ and sustainable alternatives that are better for you, your wallet and the planet
Have you ever pondered the environmental impacts in your make-up bag? More and more products claim to be ‘natural’ but in many cases these products have the potential for significant impacts on both the environment and our health. Green Beings has been getting under the skin of the cosmetics business to find the true cost of ‘natural’ beauty.
A couple of years ago, a bright spark in San Francisco came up with a unique way to encourage companies to reduce their impact on the environment. He reasoned that they would only ever change if they could see a potential upside in their revenue. Rather than take the ‘stick’ approach and threaten action, he looked for a way to provide the ‘carrot’. Surry Hills in Sydney was the scene of the first Australian Carrotmob in October last year.
As we charge into the next decade let’s take some time to reflect on the most significant achievements in the environmental arena from the last ten years. We’ve put our heads together to come up with our top ten – do you agree with them?
So let’s reflect on the ‘noughties’ and build on the foundation that’s been created for the environmental movement in the ‘transition decade’ ahead.