Truth often requires courage because it’ll divide people around you – some will take your side, some won’t. Some will attack you instead of accepting the facts, and it’s not always easy to handle that. For me it’s a lesson to learn.
So here’s the truth I want to share today: climate change exists. I am not sure how some were able to degrade it to a question of belief but here’s another fact: it is our responsibility.
10 years ago Al Gore released a documentary to educate about climate change and the follow-up, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”, returned this year at various film festivals. The team’s main mission is to influence international climate policy through trainings and information.
On the soundtrack of the documentary we also find a OneRepublic song, a powerful ballad with gospel choir to gently urge us to take action.
I could tell you I was ageless
But I know you see the light
I could tell you I’m immune to everything
But that’s a lie
“Music can often move us in ways that words alone cannot. Ryan Tedder and T Bone Burnett have written and produced a beautiful and powerfully inspiring song for ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’ about how the truth about manmade climate change is itself turning into the power humanity needs to solve the crisis our world is facing — with courage, conviction, and faith in one another.” (Al Gore)
It’s even more important than ever. With politicians getting greedier and more and more short-sighted (just think of Trump leaving the Paris agreement), it’s really up to us now.
But what van we do?
- Use cars less, walk/cycle more. It’s better for the health too.
- Try the train instead of flying. Enjoy the journey.
- Stop using the dryer. When the weather permits, use the line to dry your clothes.
- Use less air-conditioning. It’s not as bad as you think.
- Reduce and reuse before recycle. I believe recycling is widespread enough now but think twice before you throw things out: can this be used for something else? Can this be repaired?
- Buy local and organic. Grow your own if you have the opportunity.
- Become a vegetarian, or better yet a vegan. Some studies estimate animal agriculture to be responsible for more than 50% of greenhouse gas emissions. If giving up all meat and dairy seems too challenging, start with one day a week.
- Go climate neutral and offset what you can’t reduce via United Nations. (Click here.) It supports projects in underdeveloped countries that affect greenhouse emissions.
- Urge others to follow your example. Share information with family, friends, demand action from government via petitions or direct contact.
- Do not belittle what you or anyone else can do. It’s not all or nothing. Any small step will help so even if you can only do just one of the above a week, do it. It will make a difference.
Minutes turn to hours
Hours turn to years
And I’ve seen truth turn to power
Are you doing anything to prevent climate change? Is there anything else you’d be willing to add?