I don’t know about you, but in my universe I’ve noticed a shift.
Since the bushfires started in Australia this season – particularly the ones over the New Year which produced terrifying apocalyptic scenes – everyone I know is pushing that little bit harder to be more environmentally and carbon friendly.
Eating less meat, going without a coffee if they forget their keep cup, using their clothes dryer less.
Everyone is just a little bit more, aware.
There is of course a much bigger, scarier picture that needs changing – but it’s one only our government can help enforce with the right changes.
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Climate scientists say we have just over 10 years before we have missed the opportunity to put a stop to extremely serious and potentially catastrophic events.
If we don’t, disasters like the current scale of bushfires could become a permanent fixture in our future.
Climate deniers love to bring up money at this point because yes, it’s going to cost a bit of money to change for the better. But what about the cost if we don’t? If world temperatures rise to the predicted three degrees celsius, hundreds of millions it not billions will have to leave their current homes once they become inhospitable. It’ll be a refugee movement on a scale that’s never been seen on the planet before.
While our government drags its feet, let’s focus on us for now.
Here’s what you can do in your own home, to reverse your household’s effects on climate change.
Former Wilderness Society and Greenpeace campaigner turned solar energy advocate Reece Turner chatted to Mamamia’s news podcast The Quicky about what we can change (and how much it’ll cost).
Reece says you can start small – with things that cost nothing. For example, the number one electricity load on a house (typically) is air conditioning.
“The old adage of playing with your thermostat and putting it on 24 degrees instead of 22 degrees has an exponential impact,” he explained.