The journey begins

Climate Change affects all life on Plant Earth, and the choices we make today determine the future of our homes. Start small by making more environmentally conscious decisions.

Environmental sustainability has been a growing interest of mine, and it is linked to many facets of human life. Whether it has directly affected you yet or not, the effects of the climate emergency cannot be ignored. It doesn’t take a lot of research to begin to gain awareness of the signs and symptoms of global warming, and the links to social and economic health of regions. Dig a bit deeper and you’ll see some common topics being raised:

IPCC Global Warming Special Report 2018: carbon emissions must be reduced to net zero by 2050 for possibility to restrict warming to +1.5oC above pre-industrial levels

UK and Ireland governments announcing a Environment and Climate Emergency and the Extinction Rebellion movement in 2019

Increasing media coverage and vocal platform given to Greta Thunberg and the Fridays for Future/ Schools Climate Strikes from 2018

Shifts in commercial and retail industry with the zero/ low waste movement, Plastic Free July, beach clean ups

Popularity of the ideals of minimalism living, decluttering/ living with less influenced by Marie Kondo, ethical consumer purchasing, plant-based food choices

2019 has already seen some very promising steps forward in the right direction. But we could always do more. As someone who has been exposed to education on elements of these topics, it made me realise the importance of our individual actions. And whilst I’m not a ‘minimalist’, ‘zero waste’ or an environmental professional, I know I can make better choices to reduce my environmental footprint.

So why start writing a blog, when there are already millions out there? Many of the well-known environmental living blogs (such as ZeroWasteHome, GoingZeroWaste, TreeHugger) are encapsulating advice from those already well aquainted with an eco-friendly lifestyle. So my goals for creating a blog are: to improve writing, digital skills and sustainability knowledge. And to write in the context of a young person working full-time and on a budget.

I hope that this blog will be of interest to readers. It certainly will be very useful tool for myself to learn and improve over time. There is no Planet B. Individually we each are small, but together we can be mighty!

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