Saving the World from Home
Have Fun Stopping Global Warming

So lets start this from a grown up position.

We know about climate change and we know it’s real.

Those who are still in denial about it are pretty much out there ... on their own ... justifying, in the face of overwhelming evidence, their life style that is, quite frankly, costing the Earth.

We know what causes Climate Change and we have a pretty good idea what we, (by which I mean the whole Human Race) have to do about it.

For those of you who are not on this ‘page’ and still think that: Climate Change is something to do with a rather eccentric reading of the local weather chart; would merely mean that old people can spend less on clothing in the winter; young people will get cheaper tans in the summer; can save the rest of us the time and effort of going through it all over again and put yourself through a quick re-education programme about climate change here

George Monbiot has some big ideas on stopping climate breakdown.

For the rest of us, the question is, what do WE do about it and how can we make it all a load of fun.

Cos basically, if we keep being miserable about it and running around like depressing loons screaming “We’re all doomed” then we are going to get nowhere and lets face it we will be all doomed.

Over the next few months we are going to run a series of articles looking at various aspects of your life that you can change to make thing better and how you can influence people to do the same and look at just how much fun can be had SAVING THE WORLD.

This Month - What Can You Do In Your Home?

If you are reading this whilst living in the ‘western world’ then you have won the lottery of life. You are richer and have more options than anyone has had at any time during the history of history itself.

Unfortunately, human beings, being what they are, that means that you are living in the most wasteful society there has ever been.

So .... time to stop being wasteful!

Sir David Attenborough says this is the one thing everyone should to do help the planet

Following the simple principles of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle you will make a lot of difference to your carbon footprint (the amount of CO2 you put into the atmosphere) instantly and have fun into the bargain!

Food – buy fresh food and cook from scratch. Cooking is one of the best and most exciting ways to be creative because you can eat the artwork afterwards. And don’t give me that – but I can’t cook - nonsense. No one can cook until they learn a few tricks.

Fun veggie food

20 Easy Cooking Tricks from Master Chefs

Funny environmental protection ad

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Packaging

Where possible, don’t buy things that are over packaged, or even packaged at all. This may mean not going to the local supermarket and instead supporting your local independent shops.

If you still decide to go to the local supermarket, then why not have fun seeing how the deli counter staff cope when you present them with a container from home and ask them to put 200g of humus in it. Should be the basis for an amusing post on the old social media.

OK so shopping might not be your favourite thing, but that’s because you’re looking at it in the wrong way. It’s not shopping. It’s people watching. And that is the most fun you can have and still keep your feet on the ground.

You will still end up with some packaging, there is nothing much you can do about that. So reuse packaging where ever you can.

50 Creative Ways to Repurpose, Reuse and Upcycle Old Things

Recycling

Of course you must make sure that you put all your recycling in the appropriate bin. But you should not just assume that it is going to get sorted properly.

The UK is not generally very good at all this recycling stuff.

The Swedish recycling revolution

Germany is the world’s leading nation for recycling

This is partly due to the fact that China has stopped accepting our waste but mainly because, on a governmental level, we just don’t care enough.

Ever wondered how democracy really works? She who shouts loudest – in the right ear – gets heard.

So, get shouting! There is nothing more fun than making a bit of nuisance of yourself for a good cause.

Write to your politicians, national or local, for free

The Extinction Rebellion
Jonathan Pie

Contains strong language

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Save energy

The fun part of this is that it saves you money that you can spend on ... well you might be struggling to find things to spend it on that don’t cause a load of negative environmental impacts. But then you can either save it for later or, and here is something really radically fun about saving ... work less hours and do more of what you want to do. Spend it on enjoying your life!

Obvious things
Turn off the lights.
Use less water. Fun aspects here involve taking a shower with a friend ... I will just leave that one out there.
Turn your heating down in the winter and take up the ancient hobby of knitting!
Insulate your house and get a energy meter to see just how much energy you are burning away.

Paris Agreement

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Contains strong language

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Don’t use your internet devices so much.

Contrary to popular opinion, using the internet does use energy. It might not happen much in your home but far away, in the coal burning regions of the USA and other places there are massive internet servers which consume massive amounts of energy just keeping the machines cool. Estimates vary but it probably takes about 2 google searches to produce the same amount of CO2 as it does to boil a kettle. Watch your energy meter swing into action when you boil a kettle.

You don’t have a smart meter?

Well get one!

And once you are off the internet, the fun bit? Do something real. Read a book. Learn a musical instrument. Write a poem. Or write an irritating letter to your MP and see what she is doing to save the world.

You know climate change is bad when even terrorists are doing their bit

The Russell Howard Hour

Contains strong language

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All of this is fine and will help to reduce your carbon footprint, which is twice the carbon footprint of someone in China and 30 times the footprint of someone in Kenya, but it won’t do it on it’s own. To do that we have to change the habits of everyone and ultimately change the way the world works.

A Big ask?

Yes. But not impossible.

We are a funny species. We like to think that we are really clever. That we can think for ourselves. That we know it all.

But the truth is, the only reason that most people want to do anything is because everyone else is doing it.

So every time you do something to save the world, use your by now limited online time, to tell everyone just what you’ve done.

And on that note ... I have just got me a smart meter!

Oh what fun running around, turning everything off, trying to get the reading as low as possible.

Record so far ... 6p an hour!!!!

Fletcher

Coming up in future editions

Transport

Your diet

Your Money

Your time

Your community

Spread the word

Youth Strike 4 Climate - Nottingham

"The house is on fire" " We need you to treat this as an emergency, because it is" Greta Thunberg, 16yrs, student climate striker. Join the youth climate strike to demand a safe future climate

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Extinction Rebellion Nottingham

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Nottingham Friends of the Earth

Our group aims to promote public appreciation for our ecosystem and to campaign for its conservation, restoration and rational use, particularly in the Nottingham area.

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Nottingham City Greenpeace

Welcome! We're the Nottingham Greenpeace group; Alice and Lloyd are our co-ordinators with lots of enthusiasm for environmental change! We're an active group and always looking for new people to join us.

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For the Love of George

 "They'll be painting the park fence soon. It could do with a new coat. They do it every now and then."

The woman from the reproduction antiques shop contemplates the state of the state of the park fencing opposite.

Well there isn’t much else to do.

Until one day George walks in to look at a reproduction Queen Ann desk.

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