We can’t stop the effects of the greenhouse gas emissions that have already taken place. But we can influence the future.
The majority of scientists agree that to avoid radical changes of temperature in the future, action is needed now. Many believe that emissions of greenhouse gases, which are continuing to rise, must begin to decline over the next 10-20 years to avoid extreme changes to our climate. Every tonne of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere commits the world to more warming. But every tonne of CO2 we avoid emitting helps reduce the risk. Every reduction in emissions that takes place, no matter where it occurs, makes a difference by not adding to the risk.
Also, some countries like the UK are in a great position to give a positive example to the rest of the world. We do need other countries to join in, but if we can show that we can rise to the challenge successfully and make a real difference, others will follow.
The good news is there are lots of ways we can tackle climate change. Many of them will bring other benefits, such as new jobs, improved local environments and economic growth.
Outlined on these pages are a range of simple actions that we can all take to reduce our CO2 emissions, at home, at work and in our travel. No doubt you may already be doing some of them, but maybe there are a few that you haven’t thought of or not yet got round to.
No-one could be expected to do of these things all the time, but if everyone makes a few small changes then together we could make a big difference.