Climate change is a hot topic right now but what is net zero and is it achievable?
Net Zero means achieving a balance between carbon emitted into the atmosphere and carbon removed from the atmosphere. This will happen when the amount of carbon we add to the atmosphere is no more than the amount removed. Experts say reducing this will have a positive effect on climate change.
The target for net zero is 2050, but significant changes need to be made within the next decade in order for that target to be reached.
This means people paying attention to their carbon emissions…heating, electricity, transport, diet and waste are the main areas to concentrate on.
It is a mammoth task, and some might say “what’s the point?” because unless WE ALL work to reach net zero, the target is unachievable.
But if we all thought like that then no change would ever take place!
Recycling was not common place until 2003 when the Household Waste Recycling Act was passed, and this required all local authorities in England to provide separate collections of at least two types of recyclable materials by 2010.
That target was only 11 years ago but do you know anyone who doesn’t recycle? It’s just a part of life, and many of us do it without thinking.
And we can do that for the carbon emissions too, but it does take understanding, knowledge and the want to do it.
By achieving net zero we reduce the risk of the Earth heating up by 1.5 degrees.
The effects of a rise in temperature include:
- a rise in sea level due to the Arctic melting, exposing millions to flooding
- droughts and water shortages
- loss of plant, animal and insect species including the death of most coral reefs
- a change to the ecosystem
- reduction in crops
- extreme heat and other weathers
It sounds like a huge challenge, but getting on board will make a difference, even if you can’t see it directly.
I’ll be following the guidelines for how businesses can reduce their emissions and, on a personal level, will continue to recycle and reuse as much as possible.