Global warming is quickly becoming a run away problem.
Governments seem happy to ignore it completely.
This means there is unlikely going to be anything done on a national level to reduce our impact of global warming.
This is depressing yes, but it also reminds us of something very important.
Global warming is all of our responsibilities.
I think it was Elon Musk who said that global warming will cause more death and displacement of people than all the wars in the world ever did…combined.
So yes, I think it is all of our responsibilities to do our part for global warming.
Reducing Emissions Isn’t Enough
As I contemplated this over the last few months I realised that simply reducing my carbon emissions wouldn’t be enough.
No matter how much I reduce my carbon emissions I am still adding to the problem of global warming.
I want to be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem.
I want to live a carbon positive life.
By this I mean – because of me existing on the earth there are less greenhouse gases in the atmosphere than if I hadn’t have existed at all.
This means not just reducing my greenhouse gas emissions but actually doing work to either:
- Offset the emissions of others and thus reduce the overall greenhouse gas emissions that would have otherwise happened
- Pull carbon from the atmosphere (likely through some sort of tree planting scheme or something of the sort)
On Step At A Time
I can’t instantly be carbon positive.
I use electricity sourced from fossil fuels, I drive a car that uses fossil fuels and so so much more.
I can’t fix it all at once. But I can methodically work on one thing at a time until I become carbon positive.
Here’s to a future where average joe’s like you and me can fix global warming.