How to Save the World

Solving the climate crisis doesn't need a few of us to do this perfectly, it requires all of us to do it at-least badly.

Personal actions

4 minute showers

Make do and mend

Buy less stuff

Food

Swap beef for chicken

Swap predatory fish (tuna, cod and salmon) for forage fish (anchovies, herring and sardine)

Go vegetarian

Go vegan

Avoid palm oil

Eat seasonal fruit and veg

Shop locally

House

Insulate

Install solar panels

Paint roof white

Don’t prune or mow, let your garden grow

Have your house colder (16 ℃)

Transport

Walk journeys up to 2 miles

Cycle journeys up to 5 miles

Take public transport

Don't fly, take the train

Power

Switch to renewable power

Use an electricity monitor to reduce use

Activism

March in the streets

Write to your councillors, London Assembly Member, MP

Join a political party

Donate to, or volunteer for, a wildlife or environmental charity

Support quality journalism

Demand of your school / business

Go carbon neutral

Divest from fossil-fuel companies and funds

Countries / International Agreement

Contraction and convergence

Leave fossil fuels in the ground

Carbon tax / Carbon rationing

Ban short haul flights

Tax aviation fuel

Ban cars in towns and cities

Agroforestry

Give half of Earth back to nature

Return large areas of land to wilderness

Precautionary Principle (click to expand)

"In order to protect the environment, the precautionary approach shall be widely applied by States according to their capabilities. Where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation." Principle 15 of the Rio Declaration, 1992.

Environmental things that are good but won't make much difference to climate change:

Recycling

Avoiding single-use plastic

Picking up litter

Tackling air pollution

Diagram of agroforestry: shade, trampling, browsing essential for a healthy ecosystem, stored carbon, tasty livestock, water buffer
Agroforestry might just save us all

I'll tell you what we do about the climate crisis: Nothing. We do nothing to the land. Put away the lawnmowers, the hedge strimmers, the herbicide and the chainsaws. Stop burning it, pruning it and - for goodness sake - stop ‘tidying it up’. We can still eat meat - we need those tasty grazers between trees, essential to the ecosystem. We must move less - we’ve shown we can do it. Short-haul flights have to stop, cities should go car free. Now is the perfect time. I like parks and fields as much as you do, but they have to be forests now. We may not be able to ‘keep the lights on’. We may only have electricity whilst the sun shines. GDP does not define success, try Happy Planet Index instead. There will be many refugees. We will have to budge-up in peace and compassion. These sound like inconveniences, but let me tell you without the scary details: these will be nothing to the inconvenience of runaway climate change.

If we don’t radically change the way we live, it will be radically changed for us.

Further reading

Heat (2006) by George Monbiot

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming (2017)