Climate change: let your anthropogenie out of the bottle

Climate change: let your anthropogenie out of the bottle

The first people to see our earth from space were gobsmacked by its beauty. They were the three-man crew of Apollo 8 – Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders – the first people to orbit the moon, and the first to photograph it. It was a photo that would launch a thousand environmental movements. It has had an incredible impact on people worldwide.

Years later, people have been ignoring the warnings of climate change, and we are only now waking up to ourselves. The world is once again talking about global warming – even the Pope in his recent encyclical!

But what are we – as individuals and businesses– doing to help?

This issue hit me when I was looking at the front page of Monday’s Sydney Morning Herald – the image of the big, blue, beautiful round earth. In case you missed it, the headline read “At last Now the real work begins”.

Indeed, hopefully the real work is just beginning, I thought, but what can I do to help? Well, for five suggestions on how you can spend to help save our planet, have a look at this. But even with simple options like these presented to us, it seems it is just too easy for people to be passive and argue that the government or business leaders should be the ones to initiate action. But is this the right attitude to adopt when it is our children and grandchildren who will be most affected?

It is heartening to read that there are some companies, both international and Australian, who have committed to tackle climate change in the lead up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. A recent ABC article reported at least 12 major Australian companies are signatories to the We Mean Business climate action group.

Perhaps at last, our business leaders are beginning to look over their shoulders. (For the first three orbits of the moon, the three Apollo 8 crew members apparently had their backs to the earth. It was only on their fourth orbit that one of them actually turned around and saw the image of our beautiful blue earth “Oh my God! Look at that picture over there! Isn’t that something?” one of them said).

It occurred to me, that perhaps too many of us have our backs to the earth, choosing to ignore or deny anthropogenic global warming.

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