This week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meeting in Stockholm will release their latest report on the catastrophic dangers of climate change. More important will be the likely public reaction: large-scale denial.
Being told by 95 % of astronomers that the earth will be hit by a massive, life-destroying asteroid in 2030 would probably garner more interest and alarm than the almost certain massive and life-destroying storms that will hit in 2030.
This article (and others linked in it) looks again at the complex, logic-defying phenomenon of climate change denial:
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The main culprits of our high carbon footprint? Apparently our wood-burner didn’t fare so well. Eating take-aways even occasionally doesn’t cut it if we are throwing away four to eight plastic containers at the same time. And driving a petrol-driven car for two hours each week makes us bigger carbon gluttons than the average person in the UK. Yikes.
I did try tweaking the results by re-doing the calculations about eight times, changing my answers to drive for only twenty minutes a week and only fly in an aeroplane for two hours, but to no avail. One earth won’t do for us.
So here’s what we are trying for starters:
- To scoot home from school on scooters instead of driving. That’s up to
25 km of exercise per week sorted.
- To use the train to visit the city.
- Turning off plugs at the wall, for all appliances.
- Using cold water washes in the washing machine.
- Absolutely, absolutely stick to our policy of only buying second-hand
for all household items and clothing.
The best Carbon Footprint calculators: