I was born in 1988; the same year the NASA scientist James Hansen announced that evidence for global warming was strong. Since 1988, reports have been published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), summarizing the latest scientific evidence for anthropogenic climate change. While I grew up, the likelihood that climate change was a consequence of human activities grew. Now, during my adulthood, climate change is happening in the world around me. I called this blog “Generation Climate Change” as the concept of anthropogenic climate change grew up with my generation and those that follow. We are the first generation to experience the effects of climate change and the last to limit global warming.
I want to use this blog to talk about anthropogenic climate; what it means for us and for me; how we got here; what we can do about it and what the future might look like. With this blog, I want to bring climate change closer to the individual as I believe that everyone can make a difference. We all leave a so-called Ecological Footprint – a measure that was created by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), illustrating the impact our lifestyles leave on the planet by comparing our resource use with the renewable resources available on planet Earth. To live sustainably, our Ecological Footprints should not use more resources than what is available and renewable.
Finally, this blog accompanies my writing of a book about sustainable living. The aim of this blog and the book is to illustrate how everyone of us can reduce their negative and enhance their positive impacts on people and planet.