Take climate action!
The special report on global warming by the UN-run Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in October should be an “ear-splitting wake-up call” for the world to take climate action, UN Secretary‑General António Guterres warned last month.
Limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C, compared to our current path of more than 2°C, would provide clear benefits to people and ecosystems alike. It would limit the negative effects of extreme weather and allow more time for countries to build resilience. Business-as-usual scenarios predict that we may hit the 1.5°C threshold in as little as 12 years. Combatting climate change, therefore, requires rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, from governments, to businesses, to individuals.
That’s where you come in.
What we do as individual global citizens matters. If we each change our daily habits and consumption patterns to more ecologically-minded ways, it adds up to a big difference. For instance:
- Will you limit your food waste and only buy what you consume?
- Will you give up single-use plastics?
- Will you offset your greenhouse gas emissions by planting and protecting trees?
- Will you pick up trash that has washed up on a beach or riverbed near you?
- Will you choose to buy products from companies that make sustainability a priority?
- Will you take public transportation when possible?
- Will you the light off when you leave the room?
- Will you turn off the water when not actively using it?
Living more sustainably, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), doesn’t have to be a chore. It makes financial sense—for instance, mindful use of energy or switching to clean energy sources can save you money. It can even be fun! Supporting local businesses, sharing and reusing items, and participating in community gardens are easy ways to meet your neighbours and connect with them around a common goal.
If humanity is to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we must all change our consumption and production patterns, live sustainably, and we must start now.