People in Britain, like elsewhere, face a “Climate Crisis”. See the video by David Attenborough to understand what that means. Shropshire is one of many counties committed to preventing disaster happening here and in the rest of the world. Because we see it is an emergency, we talk about SOS – Save Our Shropshire!
You will find out why the climate crisis is an emergency on this website, why and what you can do about it. You will discover the difference you can make as part of a global movement to deal with the climate crisis.
The action we all need to take will require a huge behaviour change. We will need to change the energy we use, drive less and in electric cars. We will need to eat less meat. We will need to insulate our homes better. We will need to reduce the amount of foreign travel we make on holidays. Businesses will need to change the way they work and buy to get to net-zero. Farmers will need to change farming practices.
We need to change because the human-made release of carbon dioxide and other harmful gases has caused global warming. This has meant the climate has rapidly changed over the years, and these climate changes visibly lead to floods, famine and fires. These changes threaten the future of the life of people and animals on the planet.
But human beings change habits slowly, and only if they think it is good for them. Losing weight is good. Losing weight is easy. Just eat less and exercise more. And yet, so many people find it difficult to do so. Change happens because of two ingredients – knowledge and enthusiasm. Once we know and understand why what we do today is bad, we can then move on to being positive and enthusiastic about changing our ways of life. We then need to plan and take action. Education is the key ingredient for change.
There is a frequently quoted saying, “Give a person a fish, and they will survive today. Teach them how to fish, and they will survive a lifetime”. But if that person does not understand why they should eat fish, nothing will change.
Today each household in Shropshire emits harmful gases which add up to 22.2 Tes of Carbon Dioxide equivalent. This compares to an average of 13.7 Tes of Carbon Dioxide equivalent across the whole of England. This is according to a calculator produced by Exeter University (Impact Tool). We need to get down to net-zero. Our movement helps people understand why this is bad, and more importantly, what actions each of us can take positively to impact the climate in which we breathe.
It is easy to say we need to do this, and we need to do that. It is even easier to say the government should do this and the government should do that. But remember what President Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” Take action, do not mouth words. Governments will play their part and will need persuasion and will act through democracy. But success will depend on our behaviour change.
Join our movement to create a revolution that will help make Shropshire, UK and the globe safe for children, grandchildren and beyond.