Footprints Neil Baird

Unser Anteil am Klimawandel: Wie viel CO² produzieren wir jährlich?

Annie, Studentin, 6.2 Tonnen C0²

Annie ist Studentin. Sie macht gerade ein Jahr lang Pause und reist durch Europa.

‘Climate change is urgent. I’ve been aware of it since I was a child as I watched so many nature programmes. It became clear that animals are dying out because of changes, and we may not be able to see polar bears on the television in twenty years because they’re all going to be gone. I think we are seeing the effects of climate change with the very wet winters. I’ll never forget last year when the train tracks fell into the sea and I went by coach every day to college! Maybe I’m just noticing more now that I’m older but there seem be to be more floods, hurricanes and heat waves. We know there are species disappearing in this country, birds and insects endangered, and that it’s to do with changing temperature patterns and things like that. On a day-to day basis it’s quite easy to ignore because there aren’t tornados ripping through your house so you can just go off to work and put on blinkers and pretend that it’s not happening. It’s easier to just not think about it, but you can notice it if you choose to look for the signs. There are so many other problems, which if they were solved would support the environment, like healthcare. If people stopped eating meat that would be good, though I do like eating meat, but even if everyone just cut down it could make a difference. I know I live in such a bubble where everybody believes in climate change and wants to help and is aware of it, and they go on marches and protests and buy recycled rubber shoes and things. But if I step outside that bubble, like at college, I find people don’t seem to care. It’s amazing how many people are unaware, you know it’s just not there for them.’