What is it about?

It can be hard to take in how serious the threat to our climate is. If we do manage to face up to it, it can then be hard to believe that anything we do will make a difference. But we all have a role to play in tackling the climate crisis, and we need to remain optimistic about our ability to make things better.

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Why is it important?

This book is unusual because it brings together ideas and inspiration from lots of different people – climate scientists, Indigenous peoples, philosophers and thinkers, people of faith, artists and writers. Some of the messages: • You may not have experienced effects of climate change first hand – but you will. No one is immune. Start changing your behaviour now. • Cut the amount of energy you use. One way to do that is to cut back on ‘global consumption’ – look at where goods come from, and try to stop buying so much from so far away. • Eat less meat, waste less food, and eat more local food. • Take a more active approach to supporting green initiatives. Reduce your support for non-green activities. If you have a pension, look at where it is invested – can you move it away from supporting fossil fuel companies? Can you switch your home energy supply to renewables? Are you using low-carbon construction materials when working on your home? KEY TAKEAWAY: The climate crisis is serious and some changes are inevitable. But there are still things we can do to make it better. Don’t be lazy and assume there is nothing you can do. Have the courage to make an effort. This research relates to the following Sustainable Development Goals: • SDG 13: Climate Action • SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production • SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy • SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

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This page is a summary of: Hope and Courage in the Climate Crisis, January 2021, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-70743-9.
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