Wednesday, December 20, 2006
5 tips to change the world
They handed out a booklet to show how small changes to lifestyle can make a big difference to climate change. I am going to take the challenge to follow the tips below, and I urge you to do the same.
We can try and achieve the big things - We can campaign for countries to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. We can vote for parties that have real climate change policies and will act on them - But even if we achieve success with these things, it’s our own behaviour that can also make a massive difference to stopping catastrophic climate change.
If half the people in Britain (30 million people) did the following five things for just one year, just look at the difference that we could make together:
1) If we only filled the kettle for the drink we’re making, it would save 1,650 BILLION cups of CO2 being released.
2) If we replaced one normal lightbulb with an energy efficient lightbulb, we’d save over 2.5 million tonnes of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere.
3) If we switched off the TV at the mains rather than leaving it on standby, we’d save 1.8 million tonnes of CO2 from being emitted.
4) If we turned down thermostats by just 1 degree, we’d save 12 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.
5) We could save 22.8 million tonne of CO2 if we all walked or cycled short journeys instead of taking the car
You might think that you can’t make a difference. But by being a small part of a big change, by being one of the people to do these five things, we can start to take the action that is needed now.