Climate change, despite what many have been saying, is real, and we all have a responsibility to do our part in helping to minimize the impact we have on the destruction of the planet.
We all create damage, those who stay home and work, those who travel and more often those who’s voices are the loudest as to why we should take better care of the planet. There is certainly a sense that we are all hypocrites, in fact we are, as much as we try our best to travel in a green way, it is true that if we lived on a farm, grew our own fruit and cycled everywhere to buy locally grown food, that we would be doing a far better job in precutting the planet. For me it comes down to balance and recognizing that as long as we do as much as we can, we are still entitled to put pressure on those who really don’t give a crap about this, the big businesses and factories who are doing the worst damage, not to mentioned the razing of our rainforests.
To inspire you all to do more, and in turn to motivate myself, I want to share some key thoughts on climate change.
“Climate change is real. It is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”
“One thing leads to the other. Deforestation leads to climate change, which leads to ecosystem losses, which negatively impacts our livelihoods – it’s a vicious cycle.”
“By polluting the oceans, not mitigating CO2 emissions and destroying our biodiversity, we are killing our planet. Let us face it, there is no planet B.”
“Believe in the power of your own voice. The more noise you make, the more accountability you demand from your leaders, the more our world will change for the better.”
“Climate change knows no borders. It will not stop before the Pacific Islands and the whole of the international community here has to shoulder a responsibility to bring about sustainable development.”
“The world is reaching the tipping point beyond which climate change may become irreversible. If this happens, we risk denying present and future generations the right to a healthy and sustainable planet – the whole of humanity stands to lose.”
“Climate change is the single greatest threat to a sustainable future but, at the same time, addressing the climate challenge presents a golden opportunity to promote prosperity, security and a brighter future for all.”
“It’s not that the world hasn’t had more carbon dioxide, it’s not that the world hasn’t been warmer. The problem is the speed at which things are changing. We are inducing a sixth mass extinction event kind of by accident and we don’t want to be the ‘extinctee.’”
And finally, one from the great Steven Hawking:
“One can see from space how the human race has changed the Earth. Nearly all of the available land has been cleared of forest and is now used for agriculture or urban development. The polar icecaps are shrinking and the desert areas are increasing. At night, the Earth is no longer dark, but large areas are lit up. All of this is evidence that human exploitation of the planet is reaching a critical limit. But human demands and expectations are ever-increasing. We cannot continue to pollute the atmosphere, poison the ocean and exhaust the land. There isn’t any more available.”
Now, who is ready to come together and join us in becoming less of a hypocrite and working on trying to fix this global issue? We plan to keep working hard on doing our bit, why not join us and do yours as well?