Taking personal responsibility for our climate actions

by Search Gate staff. Published Mon 11 May 2015 17:50, Last updated: 2015-05-12

Andrew Bowden, chairman of renowned energy consultants Carbon 2018 describes how the company is helping building owners and landlords to operate their buildings more efficiently and to reduce carbon emissions.

Quoting the often used phrase spoken by Ollie of Laurel and Hardy: “That’s another fine mess you have gotten me into.”

Well we are up to our eyeballs in global issues. The concentration of CO2 has reached 400 ppm – way, way too high – numbers recently announced from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The scary part about this is if we stopped all CO2 emissions now it will take 100s if not 1000s of years for concentrations to return to less than 350 ppm, what is considered to be safe levels.

So the planet will continue to warm (Cornwall will become the new Costa del Sol and Costa del Sol will become just too hot), sea levels will rise, population movements will become unmanageable without military interventions, despots of various hues will reign in regions beyond the interest of the richest countries, population control will become mandatory – and despite this being obvious we all bury our heads in the sand.

A relative recently told me that he will not curtail his globetrotting (not globetrotting to help anyone but simply to enjoy his life) despite knowing the effects that he is having on the planet and despite the consequences on the planet he is prepared to consign his pollution legacy to future generations. The worrying thing is he is not alone in his reasoning. He argues that there is no point in him doing anything because developing countries are creating so much pollution his does not matter – sounds a bit like an SS guard using the “just following orders” excuse.

Unfortunately we are all too selfish and just do not want our cosy worlds interfered with. As Al Gore’s book ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ spells out, the consequences of ignoring these issues will (not may) be cataclysmic. As James Butler (Director of US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) said recently: “With the right kind of political will, there’s a lot that could get done.”

There is some hope that we can mitigate some of the damage; however this will require us all to take personal responsibility for our actions. We need to put pressure on the politicians (absolutely none of the main parties in the lead up to the General Election mentioned these matters as there are no votes in it) by emailing them regularly to take this matter seriously.

As always Carbon2018 will continue to do its bit by influencing building owners and landlords to operate their buildings more efficiently and to reduce carbon emissions.

Carbon2018 will be hosting a complimentary Energy Legislation Forum on 17 June to discuss the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) recently passed through parliament, amongst other key legislation. The governing body DECC will be attending to address any concerns. Further details can be found HERE.

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