One of the most powerful ways we can take climate action is to talk about it. Yes, it is really that simple. We need to normalise the conversation so that everyone looks at the world through a ‘zero-emission’ lens and taking ‘climate action’ is an everyday part of life.
We are living in transformational times and future generations are relying on us to create a more sustainable world.
How can we start conversations?
A good start is to take stock of the facts we have gathered and our personal experience of reducing our emissions.
Keep abreast of what is happening in the news, and newly released books, films and TV programs that can prompt a conversation.
Be aware that some people are uncomfortable talking about climate change as they may feel frightened, powerless or so pessimistic that they would rather not think about it! This is OK. They may not realise all the positive things that are being done around the world that are already making a difference. For example:
- China has committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2060
- California has banned the sale of new petrol-powered trucks and cars by 2035
- UK is planning to ban fossil-fuel only vehicles by 2030 and hybrids and plug in hybrids by 2035
- Portuguese children are suing 33 countries over climate change in a European court
- BP, yes the oil and gas company, announced it will cut oil and gas production by 40% before 2030 and stop exploring for fossil fuels in new countries
We live in such interesting times. All of this information will help us to confidently:
- Discuss climate change and the climate crisis with our family, friends and co-workers;
- Share ideas on social media;
- Start a conversation in our Zonta Club, and also with members of other groups such as book clubs, hobby groups, church groups, and sporting teams that we may belong to.
The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it
TED talk: The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it. Katharine Hayhoe speaks from the heart in this uplifting presentation.
A Life on Our Planet
Film: A life on our planet features David Attenborough describing how the world has changed since he started working in television in the mid-1950s. He describes it as his ‘witness statement’. A must watch. Available on Netflix.
Kiss the Ground
Film: Kiss the Ground is narrated by Woody Harrelson and describes how agriculture can be transformed by applying regeneration principles. Fascinating and interesting documentary. Available on Netflix.
Film: 2040 is an Australian film that takes us on an aspirational journey to discover what the future could look like if we simply embraced the best that exists today. This is a letter to the director Damon Gameau’s six-year-old daughter, Velvet.
Big Weather and How to Survive it
TV Series: Big Weather and how to survive it is an ABC TV series hosted by Craig Reucassel. With unique access to Australia’s emergency services, first responders and local communities, Big Weather (and how to survive it) is an emotionally gripping series filmed over one intense summer.