Can we REALLY achieve Climate Change targets?

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The temperature on our planet is rising. Human activity is directly causing an ecological disaster on Earth!

As a result of rising temperatures, our planet faces rising sea levels, longer and harder droughts across the world, the destruction of the ozone layer and more wild and unpredictable weather. It's not just an issue for polar bears, Staffs Uni Professor, Hamidreza Gohari Darabkhani, tells us, these changes will have catastrophic effects for people around the globe if we don't do something fast!

Simplifying the science

  • Since 1900, the carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere has doubled. Whilst some of the source of this has come from naturally occuring things like volcanic eruptions, the majority of increases in what are named "greenhouse gases" are directly linked to human activity; aerosols, deforestation, the list goes on...


READ MORE: If you're interested in reading more into it, our friend Hamidreza recomends the UN Environment Emissions Gap Report (2018) and the World Meteorological Organisation Greenhouse Gases Bulletin (2018).
 
  • Our planet's temperature has risen 1 degree celcius since 1900, which doesn't seem a lot but even a 1.5 degree change could be catastrophic for life here on Earth. This is why we need to cut carbon emissions by 2050!


INTERACTIVE: Check out MyGridGB's live dashboard on how the UK's energy is being produced and where we are in relation to the 2030 targets. There's even a countdown to us "decarbonising British electricity"... scary stuff!
 

The politics behind it

  • You might have heard about the Paris Agreement? Hundreds of countries came together and committed to these targets - 179 to be exact. Many were hopeful about this but unfortunately some of the "big polluters" have been pulling out which is a "painful tragedy".

And what's this Staffs Uni lecturer doing about it?

Professor Gohari Darabkhani reckons we can use "carbon capture and storage technology" to make burning carbon fuels cleaner and thinks part of the key to reaching targets is making existing technologies (renewable and non) more efficient. We can't pretend that we understood all of the technical information in the lecture but it sounds like exciting and promising stuff and we're sure you can contact @staffsuni to find out more direct from the source.

So, what can I as an individual do to reduce my carbon footprint?

Drive less and fly less... we recommend:

  • Car pooling to Uni - you could also share the cost of a parking permit if you did this.
  • If you cycle in, make use of Dr Bike who's on campus at the end of every month and carries out free bike maintenance for students.

Eat less meat... we recommend:

  • Taking advantage of our Venue's Meat Free loyalty scheme.
  • Swapping to one of our plant-based milk's when you get a drink at Squeeze Box (it's at no extra cost to your wallet)

Waste less... we recommend:

  • Having a clear out and donating items when you leave Uni each semester - our Great Donate volunteers will make sure it goes to a good home. We also have British Heart Foundation donation bins outside our office which you can donate to at any point throughout the year.
  • Bring your own cup to our venues instead of purchasing a take away cup you'll throw away after, you even get a 20p discount when you do.

Switch off heat, lights and applicances... we recommend:

  • Doing just that. We don't have anything additional to push here ;)

Recycle more... we recommend:

  • Checking what recycling facilities are available to you via your local council website.

Shop sustainably... we recommend:

  • Using our brand new Zero Waste shop when it opens! More information coming soon...

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