Climate Change: Act Local, Think Global to save our planet
If we are to save our planet we have to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees, if at all possible. And then we will have to reverse the trend: containing the change is simply not enough. That’s the goal. It will be very hard to do. We have to do it if we are to survive as a species and give our children and grandchildren a life here on the planet we call home.
With regard to ecological diversity, we have to protect land and the seas and oceans from degradation locally, nationally and internationally. We have to protect our habitats locally, nationally and internationally. And there is a serious need for policy changes to revert to former patterns of land use, which must include significant replanting and re-wilding. We also have to protect species, generically and specifically, as we do not know exactly how many we are losing each year. And we need to eliminate the causes of ecological degradation, whether from farming, waste, heating or otherwise.
There is the issue of population, all too often the white elephant in any conversation about climate change. Most people don’t mention this, but we will. We are heading for 10 billion people on this planet. This will stress it to its limits. We do have to encourage birth control. There really is no other way to put it. We’re not going to stop population growth. But we do need to manage it.
If we are to give the students/pupils from Folkestone School for Girls and every other school in the district, the county and the country, the same opportunities we adults have had, then we must act now, for their sake and their children’s sake.
Climate change is NOT something happening somewhere else. It is happening locally as the latest local air quality data published by the council makes it clear:
Results from 2017, compared to 2016 report NO2 (Nitrogen Dioxide) annual mean concentrations have increased at 7 out of the 13 monitoring locations with large increments observed at sites just off the A260, M20 and A20.
Looking at the past five years, the 2017 annual mean NO2 concentrations appear to be the highest (even if it is only slightly), with concentrations increasing at the majority of the sites since 2015.
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