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Take action on climate change – Conspiracy theorists continue to dismiss the threat of climate change, despite overwhelming evidence suggesting that increases in the Earth’s average temperature has been impacted by human interference. The Earth’s average temperature has increased naturally over time, however it has increased exponentially since the industrial revolution and is thought to be contributing towards serious issues like population migration and extreme weather.
Infamously, there was a debate on Australian television between climate change scientist Brian Cox and Malcolm Roberts, where the politician dismissed the thought of climate change due to skepticism with the evidence being flawed. He isn’t alone with this thinking, with the United States president Donald John Trump also voicing his concerns and threatening to implement actions that will reverse the progress made towards climate change backwards.
Arnold Schwarzenegger said it best in a Facebook post that he published about climate change to its deniers. It doesn’t matter about agreeing or disagreeing, but it is in everyone’s interest to work towards something better. Taking the following steps will help the world proceed towards a future that will guarantee the preservation of life and wellbeing on the planet.
The need to leverage technology to take action on climate change
Technology is the golden ticket for sustainability.
This has already been proven with technology suppliers promoting the benefits for the individual or organisation, rather than focusing on the benefits for the environment. There are several people that want to invest in eco-friendly technology, but when they are faced with the choice between a higher bill and their family’s priorities, then eco-friendliness takes a back seat.
Companies like Australian LED lighting supplier LEDified recognised this challenge and created a market model that would allow them to scale sustainable lighting technology in the Australian market. This was made possible by promoting the LED lighting products significant cost savings over the long-term compared to incandescent lights. The fact is, consumers recognised the value in saving money, which immediately impacts their lives rather than something that could impact them in 20 to 100 years time.
The sustainability impact is that consumers will draw less energy from energy suppliers that generate power through the burning of fossil fuels. Less energy production leads to lower carbon emissions, which should have a direct impact on climate change.
The need to educate on Climate Change
People need to be aware of the facts and the long-term impacts of climate change.
It’s partially true to say that the impact of one individual might not have the same impact as the carbon emissions of an industrial company. But when millions of people collectively choose to make a difference, it does have a positive impact over the long-term.
The focus on sustainability and climate change needs to shift from debate to action.
People also need to be educated on the short-term impacts, as well as the long-term benefits of their actions.
Traditionally, the promotional message has been that ‘people should make a difference for future generations’. And although it sounds nice in theory, the majority of people only care about how they are impacted in the present.
Increasing awareness about the ways people’s lives can be improved by implementing sustainable measures that will also improve the quality of their life is important.
Small Climate Change steps can lead to big actions
Many people might not see it now, but the small actions that are implemented have a great impact on the quality of life and wellbeing over the long-term. You just need to look at countries like Australia, who encourage their citizens to focus on sustainable activities. As a result, the country is renown for having clean waterways, land and a great quality of life. However, if you go to countries like India, Indonesia or Cambodia, you will see the opposite and in many cases, the environmental damage that has been done is beyond repair.
Ultimately, the choice is yours.
However, regardless of where you stand on climate change, it would be in your best interest to make the choice that will improve your own wellbeing and quality of life in the long-term.