Let me say this upfront: We need to save the planet (cheesy, but true), and we have about 30 years to do it. Given the size of the task at hand, that is a very short amount of time. The good news is: we can do it. “We” meaning each one of us, individually.
Climate change is the struggle of our generation. It is happening as you read: draughts, threatened harvests, rising sea levels, vanishing ecosystems, more extreme weather. There is more than enough scientific evidence that it is a man-made problem, linked to the rise in carbon emissions witnessed since the beginnings of the industrial era in the 19th century.
Sometimes, the vastness and complexity of the issue, the lack of progress and the repeated apocalyptic messages can dull our senses or scare us into looking the other way. Let’s not be distracted. Let’s stay alert. We don’t need to wait for others to sort this out. We can do our part – here and now.
You might be surprised at how much power we, as individuals, have to fight global warming, if we really care and make it a part of our everyday decisions. You can make a difference as a consumer, as a voter, as an investor and as a professional. Let me explain to you what I mean in the following four posts, my “Everyday Climate Warrior Guide”: