This is how we can make a difference
Acting on climate change boils down to two things: being climate ready, and being climate friendly.
It's that simple.
Be ready for extreme weather events and extended blackouts:
- Have a home emergency kit and plan
- create community emergency centres
- create community disaster relief volunteer groups
Find ways to use less fossil energy:
- Find climate solutions that help you live better while using less
- Get involved in community projects and plans
- promote government leadership in supporting climate action
Let no one say we can't make a difference
It's easy to think we are powerless in the face of climate change. What can we possibly do to stop a hurricane, a forest fire, a flood, or a drought? Well, since we collectively created the change that is happening, we have to believe our actions can also help us adapt to, if not reduce, climate change. And they can. There are countless things we can do, from simple actions all the way up to deep changes in our lifestyle and communities.
- Find the solutions that make sense for you - ones that will also improve your quality of life.
- Keep on improving. Start with easy steps and add in new ideas as you go
- Find help. Look for incentives, products, or services that make it easier and affordable to be climate friendly.
- Influence change. Whether as a trail-blazer or as part of a movement, your actions help create the demand for better products and for government leadership
Take a look at how climate action can also help you save money and live better!
Understanding Climate Action
Climate action is any activity that helps people cope with a changing climate, or that results in a decline in climate gas emissions.
Some examples are obvious, and they are the ones most people think of when talking about climate solutions: insulating your house, installing a solar panel, riding a bike or driving an electric vehicle, or becoming a vegetarian. They can be small, personal actions like switching to LED lights, or they can be major government initiatives, like investing in transit infrastructure or designing compact and complete urban communities.
Others are less obvious, and they show the tension between consumption and conservation: carbon offsets for air travel, energy-efficient large homes, or eating local, organic meat. There is clearly an effort to minimize the energy cost and climate emissions, but the action still has an impact.
Even more difficult to measure is the contribution of arts, culture and community, which are examples of a high quality of life based on experience instead of consumption. Theatre, community sports and recreation, volunteering with a community group, even relaxing at the local cafe, are examples of a low-carbon society where we value the quality of our time and experiences over material wealth and consumption.
In the end, they are all examples of climate action. We should celebrate them all.
The transition to a low-carbon society will not happen overnight. It took us a century to become the car-centric, oil dependent society we are now. It will take us at least half a century to change again as new clean technology is developed and renewable power continues to improve in efficiency and drop in cost. It takes time to work our way through the life cycle of products and purchase new technology. It will take time to retrofit our buildings and houses, to invest in transit, and to reshape our communities.
If we do it right, we will look back in fifty years time and see that we live in great communities, with a strong local economy, and a high quality of life.
This is why we want to link climate action with social benefit, and why voluntary action is important. Start now. Choose the actions that make sense to you. Find the products and services that help you take action. Pitch in and help in your community.