SOS CIO recognises that there is a Climate Emergency. We want to help people understand what that means, become carbon literate and take action in their personal lives and in their community to reduce their consumption and emission of harmful gases. This is how much time we have left to achieve Net Zero emissions:
Our focus is on providing educational workshops, which are approved by the Carbon Literacy Project. They provide a certification of carbon literacy. That is done in exchange for proving your understanding and taking pledges to reduce your own and a group’s impact on the environment.
Our driving passion is to improve the lives of children, and grandchildren in the centuries ahead.
Herbert Spencer, an English philosopher, who talked about the survival of the fittest said “the great aim of education is not knowledge but action”. Are we fit to survive? Come and find out how to take action!
Human beings have had the capacity to destroy our planet. Human beings must take action to save it. We must stop it from becoming another barren rock circling the sun. We must change our ways of life.
Let’s start with the facts. See this video from BBC TV by David Attenborough to understand why there is an emergency and what we must do about it together.
We face a climate emergency – the facts
Shropshire is one of many counties committed to preventing disasters happening here and in the rest of the world. However, we see that this will only become reality if the 200,000 households in Shropshire take action to live carbon neutral lives.
The actions we need to take require a huge behaviour change. We need to change the source of energy we use, drive less in electric cars and buses. We need to change what we eat. We need to insulate our homes better. We need to reduce the amount of air travel we make. Businesses need to change their products, the way they work and how they buy. Farmers need to change farming practices.“We are at a unique stage in our history. Never before have we had such an awareness of what we are doing to the planet, and never before have we had the power to do something about that. Surely we all have a responsibility to care for our Blue Planet. The future of humanity and indeed, all life on earth, now depends on us.” David Attenborough.
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 has visibly led to floods, famine and fires. These changes threaten the future of the life of people and animals on the planet.
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We run three courses – one for local authority leaders, one for town/parish councillors and one for householders. A complete suite. More will follow. They are designed to help towns and parishes to cascade understanding and action through the county. Come to them to help take action to prevent the climate emergency. You could also save money!
WHY EDUCATION ?
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 will then move on to being positive and enthusiastic about changing our ways of life. We will then take action. Education is the key ingredient for change.
It is easy to say the national and local governments should take the action. However, they will not take action unless people proactively show what they want, and make the required changes in their own lives. This must be based on knowledge and a full understanding of why they should change their behaviour.
Thus if people understand that houses must be built to an energy standard that will reduce carbon emissions, they will insist on that standard. They will, thus, support changes in planning regulations that will enforce that type of construction. If people understand that they must stop buying petrol or diesel vehicles, they will buy vehicles that will radically reduce carbon consumption, and create a demand for the infrastructure for electric vehicles.
Education will mean that the action to tackle climate change will be demand-led, and not supply-imposed.
Remember what President Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”
THE SIZE OF THE PROBLEM
Today each household in Shropshire consumes harmful gases which add up to around 16 Tes of Carbon Dioxide equivalent. The following diagram illustrates the situation for the Shropshire Council area (17.6 tes per annum)
The following similar chart illustrates the data for the Telford and Wrekin council area (15.2 tes per annum):
We need to get to Net Zero by 2030 in Shropshire, to meet international goals for climate control.
Our courses explain everything you need to know about those charts, how you cause a problem through consumption of food, travel, energy, buildings and so on. We show how you can change your life to make Shropshire and our planet a safer place in which to live.
You will also get a certificate to prove that you understand and can be confident to help others make the required changes. Click on the following button to find out more and book.