The Importance of Educating Ourselves About Climate Change

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I will admit, every time I hear anybody speaking about climate change I metaphorically shove my fingers in my ears and try and ignore the situation we are currently in. The truth is, climate change scares me, and one of the main reasons for this is I have no idea about what it all means. I think the first step is to educate yourself on what climate change is, how we have affected things, and what we can do to try and alleviate this damage before it’s too late.

Viessmann have put together a handy infographic to illustrate the carbon footprint of everyday items, so that we can reevaluate decisions that are having a real impact on the world. It may be tempting to take the stance that one person’s actions aren’t going to make much of a difference, but if we all do our bit, we have a real chance of helping this situation we are in.

Some of the things included in the infographic are quite surprising. I had no idea how big a carbon footprint a swimming pool has and, although I knew they would have an effect, I didn’t realise how bad things like using mobile phones or operations were. It is certainly eye opening and, although a little scary, so important to read up on.

There are so many, relatively small, changes that we can all make that will help, things such as turning electricity off when not being used, replacing old boilers to increase efficiency and reduce carbon emissions and switching to energy saving lightbulbs.

It’s brilliant that UK school children are now being taught about climate change, but it does mean that, as a parent, I need to work extra hard at educating myself about the subject as well, as it wasn’t really something we learnt about twenty years ago when I was at school. I think campaigns like #HowMuchCO2 should be shared across social media to raise awareness. Climate change isn’t going to go away if we bury our heads in the ground, but if we make some changes, we may be able to help before it’s too late.
This is a collaborative post, however all words are my own. 

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