An Open Letter for Earth Day 2020

This is a little out of my usual writings but it is an important topic which I am passionate about and today is a good day to do so.

Global Warming is a hot topic on Earth Day as it highlights the impact that humans are having on the environment and the challenges that we face to prevent the catastrophic impact that we are having on the planet we call home. 

The evidence for global warming is almost irrefutable and even if you are a skeptic then you will not lose much if you reduce, reuse and recycle, but you may lose an entire planet and your home if you do not.  

The impact that we have been having is so much clearer now as we can compare the statistics of air pollution and CO2 released before and during the Coronavirus lockdown.  These invisible gasses not only affect the climate but can impact on your health which everyone should take into account. 

There are a large number of books which can explain what is happening and suggest some actions that you can take and I have listed a few of them below.  I have also included a few books from the zero waste movement as waste reduction is a key component of supporting a greener planet. 

Drawdown The most Comprehensive plan ever proposed to roll back global warming, edited by Paul Hawken Book cover
  1. Drawdown: the Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming – Edited by Paul Hawken

This book does what it says on the tin,  it explains what we can do within broad categories such as Energy or Food. It gives solutions for each of the areas and highlights how much carbon would be saved for each solution. 

No One is Too Small to Make a Difference  by Greta Thunberg book cover
  1. No One is too Small to Make a Difference – Greta Thornberg

Greta Thornberg is a well known climate activist who has inspired a huge number of people and children to take action on climate change I hope that she will be able to persuade you to take action if you are not already doing so

There is no Planet B: a Handbook for the make or break years by Mark Berners-Less book cover
  1. There is No Planet B:  a Handbook for the Make or Break Years by Mark Berners-Lee

This book highlights some of the actions that individuals can take and this books contains graphs which is good for those who are more visual learners. 

An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What we can do about it by Al Gore book cover
  1. An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What we can do about it  by Al Gore 

This book contains solid research data and graphs regarding the situation that Earth is in and the challenges facing us and proposes thinge that we can do about it.

How to give up plastice:  A Gudie to saving the world one plastic bottle at a time by Will McCallum book cover
  1. How to Give up Plastic; A guide to saving the world one plastic bottle at a time by Will McCallum 

Plastic is something that you don’t really notice how much of it is in your house until it is pointed out to you and from that point onwards all you can do it notice it.  This book is written by an activist who lives a Zero Waste life and is helping others to do the same

A Life less Throwaway  The lost Art of Buying for Life  by Tara Button book cover
  1. A life less Throwaway:  the lost art of buying for life

While I am yet to read this book just the title makes me feel uplifted. My partner grew up in a house where nothing was thrown away, if it could be fixed or reused it was.  In some cases even the waste was used. But on the whole families are happy to get something new rather than repairing.  

There are many more books out there on climate change but if we do not do something soon there will be nothing that we can do to prevent the earth becoming an unpleasant and uninhabitable place and most likely cause mass extinction.  There is no planet B for humans to move to and we should do everything we can to live greener lives.

If you have read any good books on Climate change that you would recommend please let me know after all knowledge is power and if you do not know about everything you could do you won’t do everything possible to save our home.  Changing how we live is key to the survival of not only the planet, and the other species but ourselves.  

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