The UN's IPCC says we have twelve years left to curb climate change before it's too late to make a real difference.
Given that we're an enlightened group who actually give a crap about the Earth what are you doing to make a difference?
This isn't a post for me to say 'look at me I'm so green' because i'm still a part of the problem, I'm interested in what others are doing no matter how small or big to make a difference.
For my part I live on a boat, I bought an old boat deliberately to both save money and also so as not to add to the impact on the world that building a new one would have had.
The engine is a modern diesel, not the best as diesel is a bit crap in regard to emissions but it's very economical.
I use comparatively little water as my water tank is a finite resource so I'm very careful with it's use as it's a pain to have to keep filling it.
My heating is from a multi fuel stove so I use smokeless fuel, recycled wood logs, recycled paper logs and collected windfall wood from the local area or from the piles left by the waterways authorities at the waterside.
I'm investing in solar this year and aim to be off the grid as far as electricity is concerned before the end of the year and off os using the engine to charge my batteries.
My big negatives are driving for my work. I work on machine tools in factories and workshops all over the country and the only way I can get me, my tools and all of the spares I need to site is in a van. It's a small van but it's still a guilt trip using it.
Food wise I've found it hard to not buy single use plastic as it's all pervasive, particularly on the road when stopping to grab a bite.
At home I try to buy local produce but again it's a guilt trip because to buy from farm shops and local farms means driving around.
When I worked in a factory I used to cycle to and from work a journey of five miles each way.
It was hard work particularly in the winter and it mean't being a bit damp and smelly some of the time.
I doubt I'm fit enough to ride any great distance these days but maybe I should try.
My big vice is my motorcycling, there's no way around it, my bikes used a fair amount of resources and energy to make, they drink petrol and they are an indulgence pure and simple and I can't justify them.
Maybe I should have just one as an alternative to using my van for local journeys thus justifying it's use?
Not sure about that one.
I'm also not sure about recycling.
I do it but everytime I put a load in the recycling bid I don't think I believe that it's being recycled into something useful. I know that the Chinese used buy most of our recyclables but they recently stopped buying so what happens to it?
Are we fooling ourselves?
I do recycle glass containers at home for storage and such like but I don't have use for all of them and space is a premium on a boat
Recently I've taken to using the train more for long journeys to see friends and relatives.
OK that's enough about my small contributions and failings.
One last thing I found this eco footprint thing it's quite interesting to play with to see what you consume and what you'd have to do to not use more than one earths resources.