Make love, not carbon dioxide

“Stop working. Stop producing. Make love, not carbon dioxide” was a message from last week’s Climate Change Question Time, hosted by the Priestley International Centre for Climate. Rachelle Ngai, Environmental Consultant, attended the event and tells us more below.

A funny and informative night, the event was filled with quips like the above quote – slightly tongue in cheek and the best tweet-able comment from Professor Piers Foster. It was held at the Leeds Civic Hall in the Council Chamber – a room filled with history and the promise of a Local Government that once built the Civic Hall to provide its local citizens with jobs during a time of austerity.

A number of well-selected questions were chosen and answered by the panellists which included:

  • Professor Lisa Emberson
  • Professor Piers Forster
  • Professor Hayley Fowler
  • Dr Sarah Mander
  • Councillor James Lewis
  • Dr Mat Hope
  • Professor Andy Gouldson (chair).

The questions varied from the ‘belief’ in climate tipping points, to whether fracking is possible in a 1.5°C climate change future, to how we engage better with climate change deniers. These questions are often ones I ask of myself, and as I found out, by many engaged citizens.

It is not about the individual, but about the community

As environmental consultants, JBA Consulting often works for Local Authorities, the Environment Agency, and other public sectors. We frequently work in a jargon-filled bubble that is not as readily accessible to the public. But, this event reminded me time and time again that it is not only about big developments, or flood defence schemes, or gathering the facts and evidence.

It is not about the individual, but about the community. We as a collective need to work together to encourage better habits that will improve our lives and society, and only then will we mitigate and adapt to climate change.

The panellists all gave us tips for how we can make a difference to climate change:

  • Influence your wider network’s attitudes toward climate change and your Local Government
  • Divest – make individual financial decisions to support low carbon organisations
  • Find reasons why the private sector should work for climate change
  • Put emotion into your stories relating to climate change
  • Collectively share how you help every day to understand its larger impacts
  • Stop working. Stop producing. Make love, not carbon dioxide.

Thank you to the Priestley International Centre for Climate for hosting a great night and my tip for everyone is – keep working on climate resilience, keep producing good climate science, love the planet, not hot air.

Want to know more?

Email Rachelle Ngai for more information on climate resilience. You can also find out more on our climate resilience web page.

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