what you can do about the paris agreement

The Paris Climate Agreement: What Next?

what you can do about the paris agreement

As the news rolls in tonight about Donald Trump taking the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement I’ve felt heavy-hearted, and (quite rightly so) witnessed a lot of shock, sadness and anger from people reacting to the news on Twitter.  In times like this it’s easy to feel despondent, but this is a challenge we all can rise up against.

You might be wondering what you can do to mitigate the impacts of the leader of the free world’s reckless and short-sighted decisions, but it’s a simple one:

Make Your Actions Count

Everything you do has an impact: make it count.  Make small changes in your live and encourage others to do the same.

Sounds difficult?

  • According to the National Resource Defense Council, if every family in the United States replaced just one roll of toilet paper with 100% recycled toilet paper, that could save 423,900 trees.  That’s just one toilet roll – imagine the savings if everyone made the switch on a permanent basis.
  • According to Earth Day if everyone in the United States didn’t eat meat or cheese for just one day a week, it would be the equivalent of not driving 91 billion miles – or taking 7.6 million cars off the road.  Again, that’s just one day a week.
  • According to Strawless Ocean the United States gets through 500 million plastic drinking straws a day.  By simply refusing a straw, or carrying your own reusable straw, think of the plastic that could be avoided.

These are small changes – using recycled toilet paper, not eating meat or cheese one day a week and refusing a plastic straw but look at the potential impacts.  Huge.  Just because changes aren’t coming from the top (i.e. Donald Trump), doesn’t mean we can’t make positive environmental changes and take matters into our own hands.  As one of my friends so eloquently put it “we can all carry out small but significant acts of defiance against the orange man“.

The more people that make positive environmental changes (even if it’s just as small as replacing your loo roll for a recycled brand), and the more that people talk about the changes they’ve made, the more mainstream these become.  So share with your friends on social media about your cycle to work, your reusable water bottle, your solar panels, your homemade makes, your grow your own endeavours, your Meat Free Monday makes, your guerrilla gardening efforts.  Basically, anything that you’re doing – start talking about it.

Some people see these kind of things as a bit out there because they aren’t talked about – but let’s make carbon saving mainstream and encourage more and more people to save carbon.

If that doesn’t seem enough for you, remember that small steps quite often lead to bigger steps.  Taking part in Meat Free Monday for example, might be just the trigger for someone to make the leap to full time vegetarianism or veganism.  Cycling to work one day a week could lead to someone being a full time bike commuter.  The possibilities are endless.

Just because Trump isn’t concerned about climate change doesn’t mean we all should bury our heads in the sand: let’s rebel and take collective action in any small way we can.  Between us we can make our planet great again – and green, not orange!

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My Thriftiest Shopping Tip…

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It’s the very start of June, and last week we saw the hottest day of the year.  What are you thinking about, clothes wise?  Purchasing a new swimsuit?  A pair of sandals?  Some t-shirts?  If you are, then you might be missing a trick…

My favourite thriftiest shopping tip ever is in summer to head to eBay and search for winter specific goods I know I’m going to need later in the year.  Yes, winter, you read that correctly!  If you want to be super thrifty you have to think out of season.

My brain is not in winter mode right now.  It’s filled with thoughts of fixing up our garden, and trips to the beach and barbecues and sunny ferry rides to Millport.  But what I will do over the next couple of weeks is sit down and have a quick think to see if there is anything that I know needs replacing in time for next winter.

Previous summer eBay purchases of mine include a winter jacket, a foot muff for the buggy, snowsuits for my girls, and other such winter weather gear, all at really really low prices.  This year I know one of those purchases will include a smart winter coat because my old one is on it’s last legs after being worn every winter for the past 7 years.  I’m thinking something like this, and notice there’s no bids on this beautiful jacket at time of writing with only a few days of the auction to go.

When you’re bidding on items the majority of people aren’t looking to buy right now because of the warm weather and summer holidays, the price is considerably lower than when you’re trying to buy, say a winter coat in November.  You’re bidding against less people and more likely to get the items you want at the lowest possible price.

Worried about choice?  Don’t worry – eBay is brimming over with winter goods right now.  People who have cleared out their wardrobes in spring might only finally get round to listing their items on eBay in summer time as they need a little extra spending money for their holidays.  I’m certainly guilty as charged on this – there is a pile of stuff sitting in my hall that has sat there since March that I am determined to list this week!

What is your thriftiest shopping tip?  Any other good eBay tips?  Do share your thrifty tips in the comments below!

ps: 10 other eBay shopping tips