If I could say one thing to the world’s Governments about climate change, I would repeat the words of Elvis:
“A little less conversation, a little more action please”.
The world leaders talk and talk about tackling climate change, yet few seem to be taking positive action.
Across the world, there are hundreds probably thousands of Non Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) and charities which are encouraging people to live greener lives, yet a high number of the public still choose to ignore their messages as they feel they are ‘being dictated too’ by left-wing hippies.
In order to tackle climate chaos, I believe we must engage as many members of the public as possible at a grassroot level. We must work together as communities not solely as individuals or niche online tribes. It is important that we show people that their neighbours are being green and that they should too. Perhaps rather than keeping up with Mr and Mrs Jones for material possessions, we could encourage them to keep up with Mr and Mrs Green instead.
Changing attitudes and behaviour is the way forward and we can achieve this by leading by example through visible actions . However we must be careful not be classed as eco-fascists, a derogative term used in an attempt to insult those who verbally encourage others to be greener.
As an advocate of grassroots’ action, I am proud to be involved in a brand new campaign that is sweeping across the UK – ‘The Greening Campaign’. The campaign is an innovative idea to help motivate people to reduce their energy consumption and lower their personal and community carbon footprint.
The campaign is the brainchild of Terena Plowright, an environmentalist from Petersfield in Hampshire who saw the need for change and wanted to make a real difference. Her idea has been a great success and over 50 communities are now participating, including the town of Littlehampton where I live.
The campaigns success is down to it being inclusive and community focussed. Everyone is encouraged to get involved including individuals, groups, councils, schools, businesses, youth clubs, societies, religious groups – basically EVERYONE!
In Littlehampton, the campaign is still in its early stages, however I will write about its progress in the near future.
If you live in the UK, and would like to set up the campaign in your community, then please click here to contact the Greening team.
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