We are delighted to have Rotarian Gloria Barnett (The Weird Fish Lady) join our environmental information pages on Rotary South East's website.
Her monthly ‘blog’ page will be hosted here - and Gloria welcomes comments from readers (see below).
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" - Nelson Mandela
The COP circus came to town - it gave us a show - and it’s now left - leaving us wondering if we gained anything in our desire to protect the life on this planet.
Was anyone listening? Will deforestation really be stopped? Will it really happen? Isn't it too late?
For answers to these questions, read Gloria's full article
With COP26 starting today (31st Oct 2021), you may be thinking is the UK doing enough?
World Leaders are meeting in Glasgow to discuss how well each country has done with their promises of reducing carbon emissions. I expect some stunning announcements from many sensible countries, but I worry that the UK will not be high up in the list for having achieved or planned to achieve the strategies needed to enable the UK to become a carbon zero emission country in the desired time needed to save the planet.
Can the latest COP meeting achieve the world-wide action we all need?
If the UK is to achieve a zero-carbon target then British people need to both change the systems we use, and our thinking towards a greener, more sustainable world. Governments can take a lead in all of this and help everyone make the necessary changes to our lives, reducing our energy needs, improving transport choice and taking all fossil fuels out of our lives.Read Gloria's full article
Why Should I Be The First To Change?
In Europe, August recorded the highest temperatures ever – with a maximum temperature of 48º in Sicily and we saw images of red swathes of high temperatures across the whole continent. Wild fires are not just in Australia, Canada and the western USA – they are in Greece and Turkey and on our doorstep now. We have to change the unsustainable way humans are living by reducing carbon emissions – all of us.
Measure Your Carbon Footprint! Take The Pledge!
Net Zero, or carbon-neutral, refers to achieving a balance between carbon emissions produced from our energy consumption and emissions of greenhouse gases removed from the atmosphere. We can accomplish this by reducing our emissions (carbon footprint) and removing carbon dioxide through mitigation projects, such as planting trees, building gardens with native plants, recycle or conserving biodiversity.
The problem with plastic in the oceans
When plastic was first invented it was seen as a wonder product and useful for everything - but nobody was thinking about the future of these ‘wonderful products’ and what would happen when they became obsolete. Plastic use took over from common-sense - and the land-fills began to take the strain of unwanted plastic. Only 9% of all the plastic ever created has been recycled.
Do you think you know what "Climate Change" means?
Whenever people talk about climate change, they speak as if the Planet is going to be catastrophically changed. However, this is not the case. The Earth has existed for over 4.6 billion years (that’s a very long time) and over that time the Earth has already changed many times – even at one time being called Snowball Earth – as it was a frozen planet. But Earth, the planet, always survives the different shades of green or blue or white – and all it takes is time to change its face.
• Gloria Barnet is a member of the Rotary Club of Canterbury Sunrise. She's also an author, speaker, educator and champion for the ocean environment
(Main Photo by Giorgia Doglioni on Unsplash)
back Rotary members are tackling environmental issues the way they always do: coming up with projects, using their connections to change policy and planning for the future.
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