The Climate Emergency is here!

With just a decade to act on Climate Change,  there is no time to wait for world governments to pass laws and implement them fast. WE, ordinary people, must start moving our bank accounts, savings, investments and consumption to  sustainable alternatives right now.
Only together we can make this happen!

This website aims to signpost the choices that we, our families, friends and communities can make, to put the brake on Climate Change and other phenomena that threaten the future of planet Earth.

Loss of biodiversity, sea level rise, soil erosion and  water eutrophication, plastic waste and other pollution, all require that we make different choices, and that means access to the necessary information.

In these web pages you will find ‘How to guides’, links to initiatives and examples of various projects to empower ordinary people to decide how best to influence the direction of our ‘development’, into this coming, pivotal decade in the history of our planet.

Please be patient, as we continiue to build up the pages, a bit at random, but hopefully in a sustained, ongoing effort

“In November 2017, 15,364 scientists signed a World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: Second Notice written by eight authors calling for, among other things, limiting population growth, and drastically diminishing our per capita consumption of fossil fuels, meat, and other resources. The Second Notice included 9 time-series graphs of key indicators, each correlated to a specific issue mentioned in the original 1992 warning, to show that most environmental issues are continuing to trend in the wrong direction, most with no discernible change in rate. The article included 13 specific steps humanity could take to transition to sustainability.

The Second Notice has more scientist cosigners and formal supporters than any other journal article ever published.[1] The full warning was published in BioScience[a] and it can still be endorsed on the Scientists Warning website.” – Wikipedia

For over 40 years climatologists have been tracking increases in our planet’s mean global temperatures. After much research and debate, most concluded that the process responsible for this sudden increase is the Greenhouse Effect. Human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the combustion of fossil fuels – petrol, diesel and gas – alongside methane emissions, from animal husbandry – persist in the atmosphere, and hold in heat, like a blanket. Increasing concentrations make the blanket ‘thicker’ and heat from the sun, volcanic and human activity, is trapped in this capsule of Greenhouse Gases gases (GHGs)

“The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21 or CMP 11 was held in Paris, France, from 30 November to 12 December 2015. It was the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 11th session of the Meeting of the Parties (CMP) to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.[1]

The conference negotiated the Paris Agreement, a global agreement on the reduction of climate change, the text of which represented a consensus of the representatives of the 196 parties attending it.[2] The agreement will enter into force when joined by at least 55 countries which together represent at least 55 percent of global greenhouse emissions.[3][4][5] On 22 April 2016 (Earth Day), 174 countries signed the agreement in New York, [6] and began adopting it within their own legal systems (through ratification, acceptance, approval, or accession).” – Wikipedia

The scientific consensus is that we are running out of time to stop Climate Change from going critical.

“Since at least the start of the 20th century, the average global sea level has been rising. Between 1900 and 2016, the sea level rose by 16–21 cm (6.3–8.3 in).[2] More precise data gathered from satellite radar measurements reveal an accelerating rise of 7.5 cm (3.0 in) from 1993 to 2017,[3]:1554 which is a trend of roughly 30 cm (12 in) per century. This acceleration is due mostly to human-caused global warming, which is driving thermal expansion of seawater and the melting of land-based ice sheets and glaciers.[4] Between 1993 and 2018, thermal expansion of the oceans contributed 42% to sea level rise; the melting of temperate glaciers, 21%; Greenland, 15%; and Antarctica, 8%. Climate scientists expect the rate to further accelerate during the 21st century.[5]:62 ” – Wikipedia

This means that every continent will experience a rise, not only on its coastline, but within its very soils, as water soaks into soils, sands and invaades wetlands, along every coastline.

The earliest impacts of Sea Level Rise (SLR) will be on the fringe of the land, as the rising waters seep into and penetrate all waste-filled voids underground- yet these impacts have received absolutely no attention by the scientific community or media.

Amongst the earliest impacts of SLR on marine infiltration of and leaching from:

  • Sewers, septic tanks and cess pits
  • Cemeteries, mass graves and animal carcass pits
  • Mines and mining spoils
  • Landfills and diffuse litter
  • Toxic and radioactive wastes
  • Underground fuel stores
The simultaneous release of these toxic, mutagenic, teratogenic and pathogenic wastes, constantly reacting with the marine and freshwater environments, adsorbed by and absorbed to soils, have the potential to cause mass extinctions all over the world, as the Longshore Drift that washes every coastline redistributes these substances, mixing them and redepositing them on rocks, shingles, reefs, rocks and pond in rockpools, killing everything in its path…
And then there are the acquifers… if these substances penetrate the underground water reserves trapped in sedimentary rocks, they could poison the only source of drinking water for trillions of humans and animals in the ecosphere. Combined with the likely infiltration in some freshwater bodies – rivers, streams, lakes, springs etc… – this could spell death for an unknown number of species.

Loss of biodiversity or biodiversity loss is the extinction of species (plant or animal) worldwide, and also the local reduction or loss of species in a certain habitat.

The latter phenomenon can be temporary or permanent, depending on whether the environmental degradation that leads to the loss is reversible through ecological restoration / ecological resilience or effectively permanent (e.g. through land loss). Global extinction has so far been proven to be irreversible.

Even though permanent global species loss is a more dramatic phenomenon than regional changes in species composition, even minor changes from a healthy stable state can have dramatic influence on the food web and the food chain insofar as reductions in only one species can adversely affect the entire chain (coextinction), leading to an overall reduction in biodiversity, possible alternative stable states of an ecosystem notwithstanding. Ecological effects of biodiversity are usually counteracted by its loss. Reduced biodiversity in particular leads to reduced ecosystem services and eventually poses an immediate danger for food security, also for humankind.[1] – Wikipedia

Over the past year or so, in what has been termed “Climate Rebellion“, we have been hearing  protesters demand that “Governments do something to tackle Climate Change”.

Some of this is absolutely legitimate and right, however, we individuals have a much more immediate role to play:

By actin in the first person we can take the lead e in the process of changing OUR impacts on our planet to reduce, and even reverse our impacts. But that means changing the choices WE make:

  • as buyers
  • as tenants
  • as colleagues
  • as neighbours
  • as homeowners
  • as business owners
  • to fund Virtuous Circles
  • to de-fund Vicious Circles
  • to build our own green jobs
  • to own our own lives and future
  • to build resilient, sustainable communities
1. Choose Ethical Banks
2. Move your pension, savings and investments to Ethical providers, who make socially responsible investments and have divested from:
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Fracking
  • Tar sands
  • Coal mining
  • Agribusiness
  • Drilling and Minerals
  • Logging of virgin forests
  • Appropriateing Indigenous Lands
  • Appropriating water and other natural resources abroad

Set-up local co-operatives and collective buying groups for:

Network with other groups and co-ops to make your £$€¥ buy BIG volumes of sustainable goods, and choose ethical wholesalers, asking them to buy from small farmers and even encourage them to form Farmers’ Co-operatives.

The Co-operative movement:

Over the past year or so, in what has been termed “Climate Rebellion”, we have been hearing  protesters demand that “Governments do something to tackle Climate Change”.

Some of this is absolutely legitimate and right, however, it leaves us with a stark choice;

EITHER we switch to autocratic forms of Governance that IMPOSE change on nationsand infringe our individual rights of choice – something the Climate-Change and science-denying Right have been using as a rallying cry

OR we act in the first person and participate in the process of choosing new (or sometimes OLD) ways of living on our planet that reduce and even reverse our impacts, and that means changing the choices WE make:

  • as buyers
  • as tenants
  • as colleagues
  • as neighbours
  • as homeowners
  • as business owners
  • to fund Virtuous Circles
  • to de-fund Vicious Circles
  • to build our own green jobs
  • to own our own lives and future
  • to build resilient, sustainable communities

    The good news is in all this is that we don’t have to do it all by ourselves.

    We have the option of formalising collective action by forming co-operatives that, by definition, are no one individual’s responsibility. In a co-op no one has to do all the work by themselves. That is why in the future we hope to start organising meet-ups, to bring together people ready to start on the most basic actions: Food Co-ops, Solar Co-ops, Transport Co-ops.

    If you are interested in becoming more actively  involved and connecting with others, explore ideas discussed here, or have suggestions for improvements, additions or corrections, please Register your Interest and we will be in touch as soon as possible, with news of developments and invitations to any events connected with the Planet Co-op initiative.

    This chart os from the above video, and shows the bewildering number of angles from which we can all tackle Climate Change.

    Some are Systemic, that is, they are for Governments, Institutions and Industry, and beyond the scope of this website.

    But others are comletely within our reach and control, the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the energy we consume, the transport we choose…

    For example, by pooling resources to finance the installation of roof-mounted solar panels and/or community-owned wind turbines, we can:

    • guarantee supply of electricity to our homes at a tariff we control
    • free our communities from the tyranny of energy prices set by the Utilty Companies
    • contract workers’ co-operatives of local people to run and maintain the network of installations, through a co-operatively owned, local energy co-op.
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    The measures proposed on this site would stand an outside chance of making a very real impact on reversing Climate Change, by our own effort, instead of waiting for industry or the State:

    • intercepting UVs that would convert into additional heat
    • using the UV energy to generate electricity
    • replacing electricity generated by fossil fuels
    • switching to electric or Fuel Cells  transportation
    • reducing carbon emissions from transport
    • slowing down global warming
    • changing our diets and habits
    • making ethical economic choices
    • planting trees to absorb CO2 and restore forests
    • restoring other terrestrial and marine ecosystems
    Chart of 100 climate solutions

    ARE YOU READY TO TAKE IMMEDIATE CLIMATE ACTION*? 

     *NOTE: This is not a request for funds or any other kind of contribution 
    but, rather, a call for changes to your everyday lifestyle choices.