Trump Withdraws U.S. from Paris Climate Agreement

Trump withdraws U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement and thereby the U.S. role as a leading country towards a sustainable future. America First seems to mean America Alone, and make America Great Again seems not to include solving global problems and making Our Planet Great Again.

So what does this mean for all of us who wants to combat climate change? When the U.S. as the worst CO2 polluting country in history does not take responsibility, the challenge of slowing down climate gets bigger.

But we still have our hopes up; it just means that the rest of us needs to do quite a bit more – if we are to try to slow down climate change at all. So what can we do? It’s awkwardly easy (on a personal level at least): fly less, eat less meat, invest green, commute green and go climate neutral now.

Connection between Carbon Dioxide and Climate Change from 1912

I found an old newspaper clip from 1912 talking about the possibly dangerous link between carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and climate change. But we continued and accelerated the digging up of extreme amounts of coal from the ground and let it out into the atmosphere. The next generation won’t be very happy with us I’m afraid.

Source: A 1912 news article ominously forecasted the catastrophic effects of fossil fuels on climate change

Living within our carbon budget

Prof. Kevin Anderson from Uppsala University explains the concept of carbon budget really well in the video “Living within our carbon budget: the role of politics, technology and personal action” on YouTube. It’s a glimpse into the free online course Climate Change Leadership, that I truly can recommend.

First reduce, then offset

The best way to fight climate change is to reduce your own climate footprint. There are lots of things you can do to live a more climate neutral life without having to offset anything.

  1. Eat Wisely. Eat less animal products and more plant based and locally produced food.
  2. Commute Green. Take your bike to work. If that’s not possible, take the subway, the bus or the train.
  3. Fly less and try going to faraway places by train. Go on local holidays and have more business meetings via Skype.
  4. Invest Green. Invest in renewable energy funds and in green companies. Stay away from oil, coal and companies that are not taking their climate impact seriously.

There are lots of other things you can do as well. Be creative!

When you’re having a hard time reducing your climate footprint further, offset what you can’t reduce.