Want to get up to speed on climate change in the time it takes to have a cuppa? We’ve got you.
Important terms to get your head around
This page on the WWF website (no we’re not talking wrestling, but that could be an interesting collaboration) gives some great, easily digestible explanations in a pleasantly picturesque fashion.
It’ll help you quickly get your head around:
- Climate change vs global warming
- Carbon – dioxide, emissions, footprints and cycles
- Greenhouse gases and Methane gases
- Fossil fuels and renewable / clean energy
- Tipping points
Already got these down? Great, onwards!
Separating fact from fiction
The media (including social media) can be a scary old world. It can be hard to distinguish opinion from fact and reliable sources from their unreliable counterparts. It can leave you doubting who to believe and what to believe, and tempted to give up altogether, particularly when it comes to complex worldwide problems.
Hatch is here to make it easier for you. Here are our favourite resources for distinguishing climate fact from climate fiction:
The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) are the world’s leading authority on climate science. They’re highly regarded for applying a robust scientific assessment to research. They’ve been around since 1988 and work with hundreds of leading scientists drawing on thousands more scientists’ work. The Union of Concerned Scientists do a nice job of covering who they are and why they matter.
The IPCC report released in October 2018 is the critical one. It shows us that we need to be doing much, much more. Ultimately we’re currently not on track to limit the temperature rise to 1.5 degrees, which makes it even more crucial that every one of us starts taking more action now.
“Falling short would lock in climate impacts so catastrophic our world would be unrecognizable.”WORLD RESOURCES INSTITUTE, 2018
Nasa has a dedicated science division. They have a fantastic climate change website, full of everything you would want to know. The visual format is engaging and easily digestible. There are interactive elements, resources for kids, and a great facts and FAQs section.
Address the skepticism head on with this great myth-busting site. Skeptical science tackles the most common ‘arguments’ against climate change, exploring the science to get to the truth. It’s more of an involved read, but there’s a great feature to select the level of information you want – either basic, intermediate or advanced.
Get stuck in!
But what difference is little old me going to make?
We hear you on this one. Sometimes it feels like you’re facing an uphill battle. But here are some things worth considering:
Send a message to companies and industries on what you are (and aren’t) willing to accept through your behaviour as a consumer. Whether it’s where you shop or what you buy, small changes can make a big statement. Consider changing your bank to one that doesn’t invest in fossil fuels. Look at changing your energy provider to one who uses 100% renewable energy. The more people who do it, the faster you will drive action. These companies and industries will have to adapt to your habits, preferences, and demands as a community of consumers.
Keep the conversation going
Linked to buying power, the more that other people see people around them taking these actions, the more likely they are to follow suit. (Some of you may know it as social proofing, here’s a little example of social proofing in action.) So, be vocal about the changes you have made, share them on social media, tell people about them, submit reviews for companies and products you think are doing a good job. You don’t need to shove it down people’s throats, but starting the conversation can make more of a difference than you think.
Who’s going to go after the big companies, if you don’t?
Pointing fingers and blaming others isn’t going to do any good. If you want to make a difference, the change starts with you.
‘Why should I sacrifice when big companies are to blame for climate change?’ Independent news outlet, Grist, do a pretty decent job of answering that question. They help us realise that we have to change our own actions if we want big companies to change theirs.
Ultimately, if you really want to do something about this, you need to think bigger and start targeting the big boys and girls. It’s not as hard as you think.
We need to broaden our definition of personal action beyond what we buy or use…Taking part in a climate strike or showing up to a rally is a personal action. Organizing neighbors to sue a power plant that’s poisoning the community is a personal action.Vox.com 2019
Before you go
Take that first step today. You might want to lobby people in power from the comfort of your own home. Or maybe you’re ready to get involved with people in your local area and join forces to stop fossil fuel development. No matter what the plan, here at Hatch we can help you find out how to achieve bigger change.