Article - Do your bit to help stop climate change

Do your bit to help stop climate change

As many as 700,000 marchers, in more than 2000 locations and 166 countries. Those are the impressive numbers achieved during the People’s Climate March, a worldwide event urging quick action to help stop climate change.

New York had the biggest turnout with an estimated 400,000 protestors and Kiwis also played their part, with about 300 taking to central city streets in Auckland recently (pictured above and below).

People's Climate March

These numbers are matched by a problem with big stats of its own. Global Carbon Budget predicted emissions would be 61% higher worldwide last year than they were in 1990. In New Zealand emissions jumped 111% between 1990 and 2012, including land use, land use change and forestry effects, according to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

A Ministry for the Environment report has shown New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are likely rise 50% by 2040, with net emissions reaching 90 million tonnes.

This isn’t a problem that can be ignored in the short or long term. The collective efforts of individuals now – however small – add up to a measurable difference. That could be things you do at home or in the office, like switching off lights and appliances, getting smart about how you travel, growing your own food or buying from local producers.

Whatever it is, now’s a good time to start.

(Images: Oxfam New Zealand)

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