People in Britain, like elsewhere, face a climate emergency.
See the video by David Attenborough to understand what that means.
We face a climate emergency – the facts
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!
Find out here why the climate is an emergency, 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 actions we need to take require a huge behaviour change. We will need to change the energy we use, drive less and in electric cars and buses. We will need to change what we eat. We will need to insulate our homes better. We will need to reduce the amount of foreign travel we make. Businesses will need to change their products, the way they work and how they buy. 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 has visibly led to floods, famine and fires. These changes threaten the future of the life of people and animals on the planet.
Come to our courses, certified by the Carbon Literacy Project, and make pledges to take action, individually and as part of a group.
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.
The proverb about the value of education is right. But if that person does not understand why they should eat fish, nothing will change.
What is the size of the problem?
Today each household in Shropshire consumes harmful gases which add up 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 annujm):
We need to get to Net Zero by 2030 in Shropshire.
Our charity 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 live.
It is easy to say the government should do this and 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. Success will depend on our behaviour change.