7 December 2019
Nick Caddick Says:
The necessary starting point for discussion of climate action is recognising what an enormous challenge we face. The science is clear on this; we must act now and act big. Tinkering around the edges will no longer do.
Some may read this and think “Well, what can we do?” or “Is it up to me”? The answers are “a lot” and “YES!” It is everyone’s responsibility to try to become part of the solutions to climate change. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to look them in the eye and say, “we tried”.
Even though the challenges are global and structural, we can and should do our bit locally, and lead the change we want to see. The following actions would be a starting point:
Households and businesses
Public, private and third sector organisations
We urgently need all these actions, and more besides, to minimise our contribution to climate chaos. But we should be also excited about the opportunities we’d create for healthier, less polluted towns and cities with human wellbeing at the centre of our habits. Finally, everyone should use their democratic voice – and their vote – to demand climate action now.
This article was originally published in the Essex Chronicle
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