The Biggest Carbon Crash Ever Recorded.

The Biggest Carbon Crash Ever Recorded.

RECRUITING:

SUPER people who wish to re-think their position in the world

having lived through the biggest carbon crash ever recorded1.

Brush yourself down, now, what amount of climate change do you want in the future? You need to choose right now, as its affected by the dirty stuff we let go up into the sky in the past and what you do today, how you spend your money today and if you value yourself today – I do, so come on!

Groovy Solar & Wind, outshines Coal

Do you fall asleep when you hear “financial markets”? Well – its important. “Renewable energy is one of the few sectors that has managed to weather the devastating effects of coronavirus… Renewable energy is clearly robust in this market. We’re actually not seeing a slowdown in deals at all.”2 I sympathise, it might seem boring, but some of us are ecstatic, but ask yourself, how will you look after children if a heatwave affects us now? Shall we dodge the heatwave worsening now? Can you shape markets and policy by making your stand now and weave low carbon solutions into our recovery, to push that other disaster away, as we grow back? Many now buy electricity from the sun or wind, if you don’t, please switch now, it is the quickest and easiest way to have a huge impact, and it doesn’t take long – excuses are old-fashioned now!Use of renewables (sun and wind etc) has exceeded coal, even in the US because when demand falls, energy from the sun and wind is cleaner and cheaper3. This is the closest thing to a vaccine for climate change. The fantastic Committee on Climate Change rate climate investments to support economic recovery and jobs4. Be the investor, as an individual, you. You can register you have done it here.

My money

So, when you shop, you think it’s cheaper to buy bulk at the supermarket? Its quicker etc Organic and local is dearer etc? Well your folks probably ate organic and local as they grew up – it was normal. Now we can choose cheaper foods, made in bulk, preserved, travelling far from cheaper sources to supermarkets. Take a moment to look at that list of ingredients. Was your body made to take that in? What about that journey it is has made, can you see the dirty stuff going up into the sky? That contributes to making those floods worse (that happened in February this year5, yes, we have already forgotten). Do you want more of that in your body, do you want to be the lady in the boat leaving your ruined home? Do you want to be the 1 in 2? Yes, we can say we can’t afford it, but for 10 years now I have been testing locally sourced foods against supermarket buying and I’d say, test it yourself. After all, when, like in February 2020 transport was affected by the floods, do you think the supermarkets will always have supplies? You’ve had a taster now. This is really why we have (2), we would like to get you into a rhythm of trying, twice a week, to buy locally, to know where your natural Vitamin C and protein is, as the implications of that are far reaching and you’ll have a nice time, I promise.

You need to talk to yourself about Climate

Having confidence in anything today is hard! So, have it in yourself. Believe it when you hear Mark Carney say “Firms that align their business models to the transition to a net zero world will be rewarded handsomely. Those that fail to adapt will cease to exist”6 It couldn’t be clearer. You can talk to those you pay your money to. We finally have something concrete and clear to say. Find your favourite 5 sentences in this article and say them to yourself in the mirror until you are confident. Have a read around the subject, perhaps add your own? This is (3). Build on what you know, you will help civilisation. David Tyler Ex-Sainsburys said “We can see the Himalaya for the first time in 30 years – our lungs are important!”7

For those in business or running organisations, how will your strategy be affected by a 4 degree rise by 2050 (IPCC emission scenario), (2-3 degrees by 2030)? Your power and water supplies will be affected, including travel, we have had that taster, including supplies in and of course out. So, getting your head round these actions personally now, paves the way. A recent Chapter Zero7 Webinar found of those attending, 56% had informed boards, don’t get left behind, remember Carney’s “Those that fail to adapt will cease to exist” above. Put it on your agenda – regular item. Boom.

I STILL maintain, ‘What can I do?’

People generally seem to have given up and follow the leader. Why do we not treat ourselves better? Why do we not respect our own futures anymore? Why are we so disconnected to the values I remember were normal? Don’t you? Can you remember? Is it because the big superpowers seem to you like they are in charge? Please stop for a moment. When you go to buy fish and chips, imagine it now, mouth-watering, fish and chips, salt and vinegar, you go to pay – that moment…that money, that exchange, that choice, is one of the biggest powers you have. You do it every day. In lots of places. Every time you do it, you make a choice. That choice directly affects those superpowers. Maybe check the fish and spuds are local!

It’s time for you to get involved with Government! Properly! Beyond an opinion, get a pen, get some paper, get a stamp – yep – you are going to write a letter. My last MP told me the E-petitions are not so affective, they are repetitive, click-click and its done, doesn’t really tick the MPs box. So, short, sweet, kind – say who you are, pop your address on, and ask about something troubling you. My new MP rocks, I went to see her, she listened, I told her I was really worried that everything we talk about, at all the flood and risk committees I sit on, is full on, but the public do not know about it, and I’m worried about that, and my own hidden agenda is to find a way for the public to know. Guess what? She’s coming to one of them to help. Believe in yourself, you have a right, be active, write now.

Pointers – well start with some good FACTS and then ask a question, some help is at the end.

As you are

Consider the £savings of internet meetings, not only in personal transport, but as a taxpayer, from civil servants, MPs, offenders travelling, your tax implication has altered. What could be the long-term affect if these low carbon initiatives continued? The FACTS are if we stayed in the current ‘COVID-19 low emission activity’, we would be on track for the 1.5-degree scenario.1, 8 We need to avoid similar upheaval in life soon, through heat wave, storms and floods. So, the minute you jump in the car and return to normal, you contribute to future heat wave, storms and floods. Don’t go away – we can work on this. While our government has been the first to declare net zero by 2050, it’s not soon enough, you need to look at your transport choices now. Make a change (5), and research driving in a greener way (10), you’ll be amazed at what you find out! We can put a value on these savings and the related savings e.g. the cost to the taxpayer of a road less travelled (or built). The biggest thing cutting emissions now is road transport1. Shifting towards long-term behaviours, like simply replacing driving with walking once a week, being a huge benefit to your well-being, is also a priority of the Committee on Climate Change4.

Footprint

You might have some questions. What is our footprint? How will we reduce it? What’s the plan? First of all, by using a footprint calculator, you start to build in your mind, how it all works. Do have a go. Then revisit regularly. No one is immune – even the best tree hugger. Ready? Here it is (6). When you have done that, take it to work, win brownies points at work, because now you are ready, and you will save the boss some money and give them a story. You will also find colleagues who have been trying too. Nice one.

The Opportunities

The key now is to ensure help is given to people and businesses, using low carbon solutions; stipulating a low carbon pathway. While home energy costs may soar, coal use internationally has been the first to fall, renewables aren’t affected and lead the way economically. At home, (7 & 8) remedy this, plus you might get a grant.

For many, climate strategies are the top priority to shape economic stimulus packages now. They have shown the speed and effect economy boosting plans are measured by, are called “economic multipliers”. In a study with 230 leading economists, the top 5 were;

  • Clean physical infrastructure investment in the form of renewable energy assets, storage (including hydrogen), grid modernisation and carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology; (1)
  • Building efficiency spending for renovations and retrofits including improved insulation, heating and domestic energy storage systems; (7)
  • Investment in education and training to address immediate unemployment from Covid-19 and structural shifts from decarbonisation; (3 & 4)
  • Natural capital investment for ecosystem resilience and regeneration including restoration of carbon-rich habitats and climate-friendly agriculture; and (3)
  • Clean R&D spending (4)

How can you help at home, work and play? Click on the brackets.

Flying

Jet fuel is down by 65%, 3% of total emissions, however they are significant, sadly in more ways than one1.

The exciting news from France is Air France will get assistance as long as they don’t compete with rail. “I want to reiterate that this support for Air France is not a blank cheque,” France’s economy and finance minister, Mr Bruno Le Maire, told the Economic Affairs Committee of the National Assembly on April 29. “The plane should no longer be a means of transporting [people] in one hour or one hour 15 minutes which could be done at lower cost of CO2 by train in two hours or two hours 30,” Le Marie told BFM TV. “This must be the rule and we will enforce it.” We must ensure the recovery in the UK does not increase our risk and lock in more emissions.9 You can help when you plan your holidays (10).

 Finally, if this all seems daunting, pick off one at a time, put a line through it when done. Just realise you are joining a huge army. Here in Cornwall, the ‘Green Army’ has different connotations, but for now, you are most welcome, you are valued and so are your family.

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References

 1We’re living through the biggest carbon crash ever recorded.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-52485712

2The financial markets – investors already realise this, people need to keep up. “Renewable energy is one of the few sectors that has managed to weather the devastating effects of coronavirus… Renewable energy is clearly robust in this market. We’re actually not seeing a slowdown in deals at all.”

http://electricityinfo.org/news/renewables-324/ (from the Financial times 6th May 2020)

3 Amid pandemic, U.S. renewable power sources have topped coal for 40 days

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-electricity-renewables/amid-pandemic-us-renewable-power-sources-have-topped-coal-for-40-days-idUSKBN22G2X2

4 https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/letter-building-a-resilient-recovery-from-the-covid-19-crisis-to-prime-minister-boris-johnson/

5 February 2020 Floods https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/feb/17/storm-dennis-flood-defences-working-well-environment-secretary-says

6https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/-/media/boe/files/speech/2019/tcfd-strengthening-the-foundations-of-sustainable-finance-speech-by-mark-carney.pdf?la=en&hash=D28F6D67BC4B97DDCCDE91AF8111283A39950563

7https://www.chapterzero.org.uk

8https://www.carbonbrief.org/leading-economists-green-coronavirus-recovery-also-better-for-economy

9https://www.railjournal.com/passenger/high-speed/air-france-ordered-to-curb-competiton-with-rail-in-france/#.XrJTAlgaSr0.twitter

10 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-52488134

 

Writing to your MP; Pointers – well start with some good FACTS and then ask a question, three examples are here. Positive intros, followed by text quoting government, followed up by a question from you. The text comes from here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-becomes-first-major-economy-to-pass-net-zero-emissions-law

  1. I’m delighted to know my country is the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050. I wondered, if there is any help, I can get to buy an electric car, as are lungs are so important, having enjoyed clear air again. I also don’t have a driveway and wondered if the local council owned car park might give me a charging space after 6pm-8am? If that was a plan, they could plan to have solar shading to protect us from the heatwaves, capture water for city irrigation and enable me to charge my car cheaply!
  2. Congratulation you have already reduced emissions by 42% while growing the economy by 72% and has put clean growth at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy – can I check that any assistance with businesses to get back on track will be to use low emission incentives? I’m worried about my family in the future and coping with floods and heatwaves.
  3. I realise the UK kick-started the Industrial Revolution, which was responsible for economic growth across the globe but also for increasing emissions, our own Richard Trevithick in Cornwall you could say had an impact on climate change, however if he was here now, he’d be really innovative. I wonder if you could help local growers and suppliers to deliver local food by electric vehicles? Apparently, the biggest thing cutting emissions now is road transport1.