Alexandria Fletcher-Flynn Herr
The sentiment I often hear when I talk with friends about climate change is hopelessness. The recent news that CO2 emissions have hit an all-time high in 2018 and the bleak forecasts of the 1.5-degree report are enough to send anyone into despair. The problem is that hopelessness breeds passivity, which is the opposite of what’s needed in the face of climate change. Individual action can seem daunting in the face of such a mammoth problem, but it does matter, and it doesn’t require you to move off the grid onto a solar farm on the woods. Here are three new year’s resolutions everyone can make for 2019 to help stop climate change.
Two years ago, I stepped out of the arrival hall of Manchester Airport. I was tired, sunburnt, and sick of queuing. The whole flight I had felt anxious about how many emissions were being produced, I had sat in my seat attempting and failing to distract myself with a book, knowing that in attending this family holiday I was contributing to the destruction of our planet, including the livelihoods and health of other families. In that hall in Manchester I made a commitment that I would never return to an airport again. And unlike many past New Years resolutions, I have actually stuck to it and I’m celebrating being two years “flying free” in 2019. I wasn’t alone in this as it’s a decision more and more people are taking, but an even higher number need to adopt it if we are going to seriously mitigate climate change’s impacts.
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