Rewrite today for earth’s tomorrow

31 October 2018

People digging a bore hole in Kenya. CAFOD is helping people affected by climate change.

Some of the most vulnerable people live in countries hugely affected by climate change.

Concerned about the environment but feeling overwhelmed by all the issues out there? Feeling discouraged about how you as an individual can really make a difference? Things are urgent now, but it’s not too late to make a change. Take our MP action today, calling on our leaders to go further, faster for a carbon free world. Or better still, have a look at the 12, (yes 12!) ways you can personally rewrite earth’s tomorrow.

Take action: ask your MP to be a zero hero

We need to go further, faster

In October, Climate scientists told us in a long-awaited United Nations report, that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius would require a huge global effort. The group of scientists, known as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), warned that we have roughly only 12 years to do it. To achieve this, drastic changes are needed right now.

Scientists understand more about climate change than they ever have, and we now know that what is needed are increased efforts from individuals, communities and most of all, our leaders.

So, what can you do first? Start by calling on our government to take ownership of this and set in law a target of ‘net-zero emissions’. This means making sure that the emissions we put into the atmosphere are no greater than the ones we remove.

Ask your MP to be a Zero Hero now

Keep the UK leading on climate

10 years ago, partly thanks to your campaigning, the UK government passed the ground-breaking Climate Change Act. The act highlighted the problems of global warming and made a commitment to making national changes to stop it getting worse.

Climate change poses a huge threat to reducing poverty. Some of the most vulnerable people live in countries which are feeling the effects now - where entire communities can be threatened due to increased flooding, droughts, earthquakes and more.

The IPCC report shows that a commitment to net zero stand us the best chance of reducing emissions and limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees. The fight is not over.

Read more about the science behind net zero

What Pope Francis has to say

Pope Francis has invited us to take care of our shared home. He calls us to an ‘ecological conversion’ and encourages us to make a fresh start. All changes towards a better world, no matter how small, are changes for the better.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realising that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.

Saint Oscar Romero

Pope Francis says that we are all interconnected. Climate change affects all of us, and it is our responsibility to care for our global home and our global family. By understanding the impact humans are having and the changes we can make as communities or individuals to prevent the Earth being damaged further, we can make a step towards change.

Have your say, ask your MP to take action on climate change now!

So, what can I do to rewrite earth’s tomorrow?

We’ve compiled a list of easy, cheap and practical ways that you can protect the environment and cut your carbon-footprint. Most of us are already aware of the benefits of recycling, using public transport and eating less meat, but the more we can do, the closer we will be to achieving our net-zero emissions target.

How many are you doing already? And what changes can you make today to achieve gold status?

Bronze Medal Climate Champion

1. Reduce your book-print and join a library instead of buying books.

2. Invest in a washing line; tumble dryers devour electricity

3. Use a fountain pen rather than disposable plastic pens

4. Get yourself a reusable coffee cup or reusable water bottles to reduce your waste plastic. Some sources give profits to charity, and they come in some lovely designs!

Silver Medal Climate Champion

1. Give your garden a good breakfast; coffee grounds and eggshells are ideal for composting. A compost heap reduces the waste your send to landfill sites, and helps your plants grow!

2. Clean the back of your fridge. Dusty coils can increase energy consumption by 30%

3. Give a colleague a lift to work, or a neighbour a lift to the supermarket. If no-one is going your way, join on a carshare scheme to find a passenger.

4. Instead of using face wipes, try using washable wipes of cleansing soap.

Gold Medal Climate Champion

1. Make your own green cleaning products and avoid harmful chemicals—the secret is lemon juice, vinegar, and baking soda.

2. Try one of the many amazing phone apps, such as Olio, that help you connect with your neighbours to share surplus food and other items that you don’t want so it isn’t thrown away.

3. Donate your leftover paint to a community project; Britons fail to use 6.2m litres of the paint they buy each year.

4. Recycle your car oil at a recycling depot or petrol station; it contains lead, nickel and cadmium.

Don’t forget to ask your MP to be a Zero Hero. The time is now!

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