At the beginning of the 20th century, the Scottish activist Patrick Geddes left for posterity the famous phrase: “Think globally, act locally.”
At the moment there is a lot of talk about climate change, as a problem that causes us concern, but that many times seem distant and that someone is going to solve it for us. Without falling into catastrophism, it is important to insist that we have time to act, but we must do so urgently. And, although it seems silly, limiting heating to 1.5 ° C instead of 2 ° C would make a big difference, as the recent IPCC report on climate change and its consequences warned a few weeks ago. To become aware of the magnitude of the problem, we present a series of facts and data that reflect the need to get going to minimize the consequences of this problem that threatens the planet :
- From 1880 to 2017, the global average temperature has risen one ºC.
- This increase grows at a rate of 0.2 ° C per decade.
- The World Meteorological Organization has confirmed that 2017 was one of the hottest three years (along with 2016 and 2015) since records began in 1880.
- In 2017, the earth registered a record number of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
- From 1901 to 2010, the world average sea level rose 19 cm as the oceans expanded due to rising temperatures and due to the land ice melted by global warming.
- For the year 2100, an additional rise of 19 to 58 cm is expected.
- Cook with covered pots, you will save up to 25% more energy.
- Turn off the lights that you don’t need; not only will you reduce carbon dioxide (CO2), but you’ll save up to € 150 a year. And if you use LED lighting, compared to incandescent bulbs, you will save up to 90% of electrical energy.
- Clean the lamps and screens; this will increase the brightness without having more lamps on.
- Take a shower instead of bathing, you will consume up to five times less water, and your pocket will notice.
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, reducing approximately 550,000 liters of water throughout your life.
- Use the fast dishwasher program, make a full load, and spend nine times less water than if you scrub by hand.
- Choose public transport instead of the car; it is much more efficient.
- If possible, travel by train instead of by plane. According to data from One million due to the weather, the train consumes approximately ten times less than an airplane.
- Drive efficiently, and achieve savings of half fuel and CO2 emissions of 15%. For example, starting the engine without stepping on the accelerator.
Product consumption commitments
- It consumes local and seasonal products, being of quality, saving transport, and supporting local commerce.
- Consume products with zero carbon footprint; in this way, it will be stated that the manufacturing, production, transportation, and management process are working on the reduction of CO2 emissions associated with them.
- If you are thinking of buying or renting a house, check that it has a high energy rating, it will mean that it could emit up to 75% less CO2 emissions.
Waste and recycling commitments
- Separate and recycle containers, you will help reduce the energy of the work of extraction, transport, and elaboration of new raw material.
- Separate and recycle paper and cardboard; with everything collected, 71% of the paper we use is recycled.
- Avoid using plastic bags to have a reusable one handy.