“Becoming carbon literate gives people the knowledge and understanding to make easy shifts to low-carbon choices, and it empowers individuals to influence others so that the waves of positive behavior change in our communities amplify.” (Kirstin Gaymer, Head of Carbon Literacy Qualification at BHASVIC).
I was able to complete this helpful and timely qualification last year as part of my Abitur studies. During the course I developed a keen understanding of the environmental issues we face and learned how my own behavior negatively impacted the environment. Although I had a vague understanding that it was generally to leave the lights on while I wasn’t present in the room Poorly and generally eating vegetarian food a few times a week Well, I found that my limited knowledge on the subject contributed to a crisis that – in fact – has already begun. In short, my inaction was a form of action.
With a carbon footprint, we can measure the environmental impact of everyday activities, e.g. B. heating houses or driving to work. It is estimated that the typical carbon footprint of a person living in the UK is in the range of 10,000kg of carbon dioxide per year. For comparison: The world average is around 4,000 kg. It should be worrying for all of us to know that whether we feel we are taking something or not, our actions are not only damaging the planet, they are also damaging those who live in the most extreme regions of the earth. While we are yet to see mass crop failures or rising sea levels destroying our livelihoods and homes in the UK, in some places this has already begun.
Crucially, it’s not too late to address this issue — and it’s not particularly difficult either. By simply turning down the average temperature in your home, you could save between 300 and 500 kg of CO2 per year. Air-drying clothes could save around 90 kg. Eating less meat, walking when available, buying second-hand clothes: these are choices we can all make to help protect the environment.
All too often we are comforted with the thought that global warming effects are not a particularly pressing issue here because we cannot see the global warming effects here. It’s convenient for governments and big corporations to allow us to continue thinking this way. Solving the climate crisis – or, more accurately, reversing it – usually only wins votes in certain demographic groups and is expensive in the short run. However, with sufficient support for the movement, these state and non-state actors are forced to perform or face increasing criticism and boycotts. The threat of losing power and capital can be more motivating than you think.
The Carbon Literacy Qualification enables an individual to develop an understanding not only of the causes of climate change, but also of what we as groups in society can achieve if we decide together that it is worthwhile. Inaction is action – and we all have a part to play.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23120834.carbon-literacy-qualification—mia-bailey-bhasvic/?ref=rss The Carbon Literacy Qualification – Mia Bailey, BHASVIC