Changes to lifestyle on a personal level would make a huge difference. Reducing your electricity by a very conservative 2 kWh would be easy to do but no, in one household that wouldn't make a dent to climate change. However if you applied that to every household in Australia, given that the population is 23 million, the change would be huge.
Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (a brilliant organisation of which I am a paid-up member) described the positive outcomes of choosing ethical food -
"Eating ethically means eating according to values and principles that support an ethic of care about people, animals and the environment. Ethical food is produced, transformed and distributed in ways that:
Replenish and regenerate soils and waterways.
Provide a dignified life and death to animals.
Provide a dignified livelihood to farmers and food workers.Promote access to good food to all people, regardless of income or social status.
Promote appreciation of food, its taste and quality, and the people who produce it."
. - See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/executive-living/food-drink/the-ethical-dinner-basket/story-e6frg8jo-1226730157772#sthash.vJf5s9d1.dpuf
See the difference we can make by our choices?! Or we can wait for the government to make change and decisions for us. The previous govt. didn't do an awful lot about reducing emissions and the incoming govt. would like the issue of climate change to just disappear so that it doesn't interfere with mining plans and money making. One of the first things they did after being voted in, was to axe The Climate Commission. They were the body responsible for studying the climate here in Australia and they reported to the government and the general public on their scientific findings.
Fortunately for us, The staff at the Climate Commission have responded to public outcry by setting up an independent, apolitical, not-for-profit organisation to give us the information we NEED to know about the climate HERE in Australia! The newly formed Climate Council have called for support from the general public to fund their work and have begun working on their next report already. The best news out of all of this is that you are not the only one trying to achieve change. The Climate Council began their campaign to raise money about five days ago and already they have raised $969,000 dollars!!! This amount is from over 20,000 donors! Five days! This proves that there are many, many people out there who care just as much as you and me. Please consider donating to them on the above link.
I certainly don't sit around waiting for someone to change a situation over which I have a strong element of control. Particularly when it's obvious The Liberal Party are not going to be my knight in shining armour (more like the fire breathing dragon) and the outcome of waiting will be disastrous! So don't throw your hands in the air and plead helplessness. There is heaps that YOU can do and it WILL make a change.
- drive less (plan errands to tie in with each other, car pool, ride a bike, catch public transport)
- cook with basic ingredients rather than packet foods (tastes better and is better for you anyway)
- eat less meat in a week (there are heaps of other options like risotto and pasta meals)
- don't buy anything you don't need (spend some time thinking about the true meaning of 'need')
- use less electricity (turn off lights in empty rooms, turn switches off at the wall)
- grow an organic veggie garden (it's easy, fun and tasty)
- donate to groups like the Climate Council
- become a member of Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance
- favour free range chook over meat (there is less environmental cost)
- buy local food and products and use local services whenever you can
- buy second hand, repair broken items if possible
- steer clear of plastic
- shop at farmer's markets
- keep chooks or other poultry
- compost (or give the chooks) all your own greenwaste rather than putting it in a bin
- join a community group that is proactive on environmental issues
- install solar PV panels and/or solar hot water
- learn DIY skills and use them
- repurpose items (old lawnmower catcher as a laying box for those chooks you're getting ;-))
latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was released this week. They are the leading authority regarding climate change on a world wide level. Surely this report will leave us with no deniers that climate change is absolutely anthropogenic (due to human activity)!
So if you are not a denier but one of those people arguing that you aren't reducing emissions because there's 'no point because you can't make a difference anyway'.......
Having said all that I'm sure that most people reading this post are already converts to an energy reduction lifestyle. I would love your input here. Please leave a comment and add to my list of ways to reduce emissions.
Happy reducing everyone! Together we can do this.