- We acknowledge and confirm that individual actions, no matter how energetic, can solve the climate emergency faced by the planet. They can help. Ultimately we will all have to buy less and ask less of our earth. Not an easily sold message.
- Governments and business must take the lead. However, individual actions can inspire and obviously add some ‘cred’ when working with our community and all levels of government.
- Living as we do in a small community, it is easy to feel rather powerless in the face of a crisis as powerful and overwhelming as the Climate Crisis clearly is. This does not need to be so.Obviously enough, on an individual basis we can resolve to take no long flights, use our cars less and walk and cycle more, even use the bus!, buy smaller vehicles or the ultimate in up front cost go electric. Install a heat pump, turn down the thermo along with all those other energy and hence cost saving ideas.
Some wise words from Greta Thunberg via the Guardian ‘Avoiding long flights is one of the most effective ways individuals can reduce their carbon emissions but the biggest impact is from not having children, according to studies. Nevertheless Thunberg was not about to tell people not to procreate. “I don’t think it’s selfish to have children,” she said. “It is not the people who are the problem, it is our behaviour.”
“I don’t care,” she said. “I’m not telling anyone else what to do, but there is a risk when you are vocal about these things and don’t practise as you preach, then you will become criticised for that and what you are saying won’t be taken seriously.”
But now, it’s also time to pull other political levers at our disposal: beating the climate drum in local media and online, organizing our communities, and lobbying our lawmakers directly.
It starts with having the conversation in your own circles. Most people don’t hear about the climate crisis in their day-to-day life, so if you’re worried about it, bring it up. Post a Snap, a TikTok, a Fleet — whatever the kids are calling it these days.
The more your community hears and talks about the climate crisis, the easier it is to organize in productive ways.
We will publish on this page names and addresses of federal and provincial ministers, to whom people can send emails and letters.
For those interested in donations to reputable organizations that are actually working on carbon capture and other direct solutions, here is a link to an article from the Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/12/how-to-donate-to-fight-climate-change-effectively/617248/
These sites are very US in orientation, but you get the idea. As time goes on we will look for Canadian examples.