To tackle the Climate & Ecological Emergency we need to fundamentally change the way we live. But that really is a change for the better, in so many ways.
The way we have been living has been harming us as a species, just as much as its been harming our planet and the other animals and plants that we share it with.
Many of us have become lonely, are suffering from mental health issues, are over weight, unfit or suffering from breathing disorders. Many others still don’t have enough to eat, safe drinking water, a secure place to live, access to medical care and basic human rights.
Whilst some of us continue to consume too much even to our own detriment, many others still don’t have the basics.
A vastly unequal world is not a safe world for anyone – and whilst we have been fixated on ever-lasting economic growth our world has become more and more unequal, more volatile and less secure for every one of us – no matter what we have in the bank.
We can’t tackle the climate & ecological crisis as individuals – but together we are society – and as society we can do this by choosing to live more kindly and more sustainably. Here’s a few ideas for how to do just that.
We are what we eat – so how happy are you about that?
In a Climate & Ecological Emergency one of the most important things we can do as an individual is to eat sustainably and kindly – but what that means is controversial and has been polarised into a black and white debate between veganism on the one side and eat what you want /support our farmers on the other. What is needed is a much more subtle and thoughtful approach than the media likes to portray. So here are our thoughts on what it means to eat sustainably and kindly.
Holidays and foreign travel are often the highlight of the year for a lot of people. Flights are a hefty addition to your carbon footprint though, which probably isn’t the holiday souvenir you’d hoped for.
You may be making lots of beneficial changes in your life to tackle the climate crisis; shopping more sustainably, eating less meat, driving less. However, all it takes is one flight to undo all that good. The answer is not to give up on travel and holidays altogether, but to change how you get there.
Byway is a holiday provider that creates personalised travel and accommodation packages away from the traditional tourist trails, using trains, bikes, buses and ferries. They encourage sustainable, multi-stop trips which highlight the joys of slow travel.
Flight Free UK are on a mission to inform people of the climate impact of aviation and inspire people to travel by other means. They challenge people to take a year off flying through their #FlightFreePledge in the hope that the short-term challenge inspires a long-term behaviour change.
Not only will you skip the airport queues, but you’ll skip the harmful carbon emissions too!
Julia has enjoyed two recent trips organised through Byway, which you can read about on the below blog posts: