Thank you for listening to my talk and coming to this page! It was a pleasure to share some of my Paris experiences with you. You're all agents of change of already, but I hope some of the following materials are useful and inspiring:
- PDF presentation
- My initial paris thoughts 'they've got the wrong name'
- Info on book by George Marshall
- 350.org video
- Short list of actions you can do
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My first thoughts after the first three days. . .
My first observation having seen numerous presentations by scientists, and met experts around the world is that the conference has the wrong name. Climate Change doesn’t accurately describe what the problem is nor the enormity of the problem.
The conference is about a lot more than carbon or temperature. These two measurements just happen to affect every ecosystem in the world and seeing as it is these ecosystems (our planet) that provide our food and raw materials for every aspect of our lives, it’s a pretty broad topic of conversation.
So think of it as a conference to discuss: the extinction of entire species, the destruction of forests, the melting of glaciers and ice caps, the expansion of deserts, the acidification of the oceans, the pollution of the air, the increase in destructive super-storms, the bleaching of coral reefs, the vanishing of sunny beaches, the spread of disease, conflict over water scarcity, famine caused by crop failure, massive inequality between rich and poor, less food security, less supply of all the materials to make the stuff we ‘need’, and the flooding of all our coastal towns and cities. It is about how we live today and what our tomorrow will look like.
The conference is really about changing everything.
Don't Even Think About It - By George Marshall
Most of us recognize that climate change is real, and yet we do nothing to stop it. What is this psychological mechanism that allows us to know something is true but act as if it is not? George Marshall's search for the answers brings him face to face with Nobel Prize-winning psychologists and the activists of the Texas Tea Party; the world's leading climate scientists and the people who denounce them; liberal environmentalists and conservative evangelicals. What he discovered is that our values, assumptions, and prejudices can take on lives of their own, gaining authority as they are shared, dividing people in their wake.
With engaging stories and drawing on years of his own research, Marshall argues that the answers do not lie in the things that make us different and drive us apart, but rather in what we all share: how our human brains are wired-our evolutionary origins, our perceptions of threats, our cognitive blindspots, our love of storytelling, our fear of death, and our deepest instincts to defend our family and tribe. Once we understand what excites, threatens, and motivates us, we can rethink and reimagine climate change, for it is not an impossible problem. Rather, it is one we can halt if we can make it our common purpose and common ground. Silence and inaction are the most persuasive of narratives, so we need to change the story.
In the end, Don't Even Think About It is both about climate change and about the qualities that make us human and how we can grow as we deal with the greatest challenge we have ever faced.
The hard truth about the Paris climate deal.
What can we all do?
- Switch - to 100% Renewable energy
- Become more energy efficient
- Adjust eating & drinking habits (less meat, reduced air miles)
- Consume & waste less
- Divest / Invest (out of fossil fuel funds)
Clean Energy UK would be delighted to provide advice and help you switch a business or home to a renewable energy supplier. It's the same electricity delivered down the same wires, but for every unit you use the supplier responsible is for adding a unit generated from a certified renewable source. 90% of the time we are able to match or better the pricing businesses have with existing suppliers.
We can also help business to find appropriate ways of telling their staff and customers. With many businesses we add a sticker like this to their window.