• Namita Koshy

Homes for Climate Action

Climate action is all about fixing the current system so that we stop adding carbon levels to the atmosphere and manage global warming. It takes the whole world to be part of this. Individuals and homes are no exception, because what we implement in our homes, we implement in other parts of society like workplaces and schools/colleges.

Home power/electricity is the most critical place of change. Tapping into solar or any other renewable energy source should be major shift. Whether it is through solar installation or remote access with solar offsets, creating awareness about current and future energy sources will be a reality.

Energy efficiency is a subset of power. Chances are making the switch from fossil fuel to solar will take time. Therefore the best solution is to cap a certain carbon footprint reliance in energy consumption. Managing electrical appliances sensibly and ensuring the use of LED lighting are the key areas that matter when it comes to homes, workplaces and schools/colleges.

Zero waste living is a third area that optimises the consumption economy’s carbon footprint. Sustainable consumer products from source to recycling and decomposition, ensures that what’s produced from the planet is restored in a circular eco-friendly way. The great news is that there is a lot of eco-friendly products but the switch is slow and not seamless as yet.

Transport is a huge emission activity. In ten years, the idea is that carbon emissions are cut by half and in 30 years, we have a net zero world. That means fossil fuel based vehicles are replaced by electric vehicles or its use is capped by carpooling, more commute by metro, or flexible working/education systems. We simply can’t be moving the way we have in the last 30 years, that’s the definition of unsustainable.

Supporting efforts that help in saving the biodiversity and regeneration of nature, especially reforestation and quality topsoil which are carbon sinks that can make all the difference.

Another area of support is with adaptation communities, whose entire world is guaranteed to be affected by a climate calamity either through rising sea levels or severe storms. Saving their lives and livelihoods with the least amount of damage is where each family can continue to support.

It matters that climate action involves the family in a productive constructive way. Otherwise, there is a lot of news and anxiety and mounting pressure on a small group of people to take the hard calls.

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