March 22nd, 2019
Inspired by last Friday’s epic student climate strike but unsure about what you can do to keep the momentum going.
Well, Lorna Gold – one of the key instigators of the movement in Ireland – has ten tips on how to keep up the fight to save our children’s future from runaway climate change.
ONE: Hug your children tight
Look them straight in the eye and say: I promise I will do all I can from now on to save the planet. We are in this together and we are going to sort this. Once you do this, the rest is easy.
TWO: Keep marching and raising your voice.
This is by far the most important thing just now. Join one of the weekly protests on the www.fridaysforfuture.org map.
Politicians and institutions need to know our children’s future matters above all else – and we are prepared to do what it takes to protect it. Put “climate action” at top of your list of voting concerns.
Invite your children to meet politicians when they come to the door.
THREE – Educate and entertain yourself
Start or join an environmental book club like Friends of the Earth Ireland book club. Bring a climate book like Climate Generation to your existing book.
FOUR: Buy less, especially new stuff.
Every single thing we buy uses energy. How much of it do we need? Our lives are overflowing with STUFF.
Think of all the other ways to have stuff you need, including community sharing schemes, charity shops, second hand, etc.
Do more outdoors activities instead of indulging in shopping as a leisure activity.
FIVE: Vote with your wallet.
Buy mindfully – whether it is plastic packaging or palm oil you can make choices that impact less on our planet. Do it loudly and let the companies and the world know why you are making choices.
SIX: Lower or cut out your meat and dairy consumption
Red meat is hugely damaging to our planet due to methane emissions so it is best to cut it out completely.
Lower your consumption of other meat as much as you can and why not go meat-free for Lent or for one day a week.
SEVEN: Fly less or not at all.
Flying is the guilty pleasure of our high carbon society. It is hugely damaging to the climate.
Make a commitment now to fly less, particularly for pleasure and non-essential trips.
Start a conversation in your workplace about shifting to lower impact ways of working.
EIGHT: Change how you commute.
Public transport, walking and cycling are all great options if they exist. If you have money, avail of grants and invest in an electric car.
Obviously to be low carbon you need to ensure your electricity supplier is 100 per cent renewable! So lobby your local council for better public transport and cycling infrastructure.
Encourage your local community to set up a “scooter train” or “bike train” to local schools.
NINE: Invest in making your home more energy efficient.
So much of our emissions come from leaky homes and buildings and over use of electricity.
Grants are available to retrofit homes. Meters are available to help manage energy usage.
TEN: Above all else… Become more grateful for our beautiful planet!
Spent more time outdoors connecting with nature and each other and it all starts with embracing our mother earth.
Vow to protect the earth. There is no earth upgrade.
Lorna is the Head of Policy and Advocacy and author of the new book Climate Generation: Awakening to Our Children’s Future. You can follow her progress at https://lornagold.com.