Climate change and your business:
When ever possible, catch public transport. Even better still: walk or ride on the many public bike trails available in Australia – it is so much healthier than sitting in a car and much less stifling than getting on a peak hour train. Sometimes this wont be an option, but often we do have a choice. Get up 15 minutes earlier so you can ride your bike to work. Do this twice a day instead of sitting in traffic. If you were to drive in a small petrol car from Ringwood to the city for work, you would emit approximately 4.6 kg of CO2 emissions. If you were to catch public transport from Ringwood to the city for work, you would emit approximately 2.3 kg of CO2 emissions. If you were to ride you would have to be very fit but this would be 0kg in emissions! See for yourself on the “map My Emissions” website.
Choose who you support
Consumers are now choosing who to buy from and who to support. Do suppliers care about how they adversely impact the environment? Are their sources environmentally sustainable? Are they striving to reduce their footprint? It’s essential that your business supports policies and politicians that actively care about climate change and are working to reduce emissions on a structured and technogically sound manner. Transition policies are being put in place by big business as we write, and countries are sourcing and encouraging new technology to reverse our carbon emissions.
Be conscious about any fossil powered energy use.. Reduce or replace wherever possible. Don’t use a heater, put on a jumper. Don’t use air conditioners or evaporative coolers, use a fan.. Don’t leave all the computers and lights on in the office if only one room is in use. Switch to companies that use renewable energy systems. Renewable energy systems include wind power, biomass, photovoltaics, hydropower, solar thermal, thermal ponds, and biogas.
Waste not want not
World Economic Forum:
Global Risks Report 2020
- Raising political ambition for key governments and business to have plans in place to reduce emissions and build climate resilience in alignment with scientific recommendations by COP26 in 2020.
- Accelerating transformational change across key value chains to ensure businesses play their role in tackling climate change.
- Creating effective governance and market mechanisms that incentivize investments to build a low carbon economy.
Books to read:
CLIMATE JUSTICE Hope, resilience and the fight for a sustainable future
Drawdown The most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming
RISING Dispatches from the New American Shore
THE ENDS OF THE WORLD Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions
THE GREAT DERANGEMENT Climate Changes and the Unthnkable
“If I had to suggest to anyone a single book about climate change, it would be The Great Derangement. I have never read someone so succinctly, eloquently, and urgently explain the roots — capitalism and imperialism — of the climate crisis, and how those roots grow up into the forest of our culture/popular imagination. […] Ghosh confirms my worst fears — i.e. that the politics of the spectacle have no power to end the systems that perpetuate climate crisis — with a clear, moral force. Then, once I was enwrapped in his brilliant and devastating blanket of prose, Ghosh also managed to insert a tiny, tiny bit of hope.”
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING Capitalism versus the Climate
Naomi Klein’s provocative book unveils the myths surrounding the climate change debate and explores how the “free market” is holding us back from important changes.
“Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything is absolutely essential for understanding, confronting, and meeting the challenges of the 21st century. […] I am very inspired by this book and I cannot wait for others to read it and react to it.”
Naomi Oreskes & Erik M. Conway
MERCHANTS OF DOUBT How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming
Mary Robinson was Ireland’s 7th president from 1990-1997 was the first woman to ever hold this position.
Mary is a published author of the must read Climate Justice where she elucidates her belief that small countries can have a disproportionate, positive effect on the world stage.
The Mary Robinson Foundation Climate Justice is a centre for thought leadership, education and advocacy on the struggle to secure global justice for those people vulnerable to the impacts of climate change who are usually forgotten – the poor, the disempowered and the marginalised across the world.
It is a platform for solidarity, partnership and shared engagement for all who care about global justice, whether as individuals and communities suffering injustice or as advocates for fairness in resource-rich societies.
Artists against Climate Change:
In the summer of 2019 / 2020 Australia saw devastating bush-fires burn over 46 million acres of forest, kill over a billion animals, destroy thousands of buildings, and kill over 30 human lives. Warnings as far back as the 80s had been ignored, obfuscated, belittled and bettered by made up science.
Towards the end of January 2020, artists around Australia donated their art in poster form to be placed in prime public locations around the country “We are making these issues visible in our public spaces and in our media; areas monopolised by entities maintaining conservative climate denial agendas.”
Amanda Newman is an artist recently moved to Australia from America focusing on strong/courageous women especially those standing up for the planet. Recently she donated over 80 hours to bring awareness to the crisis our Australian wildlife is facing in wake of the bushfires, with a wall in Richmond “Our Future is in Your Hands.”
John Lawry is a fine artist, illustrator and street artist from rural Victoria in Melbourne recently he painted his ‘Shine of the Moon’ stories and many murals supporting Extinction Rebellion, Aus Rebellion and climate action.