Small Green Changes

A Climate Change Collective Link Post

We need to protect our environment

Each month one of our super Climate Change Collective bloggers writes about something to do with sustainability and global warming.

I was pleased to see that the fabulous Smelly Socks and Garden Peas was producing the lead article for May. Smell decided to tackle the issue of scale. She wanted to outline how even the smallest environmentally considerate changes can make a difference.

Her lead article is here:

Small Matters

It is true that making any change is better than none. I think that goes without saying.

However, as the article implies, some people are under the impression that only big green changes matter and so there is no point bothering with small ones.

Climate change is often looked at by cynics and heavily criticised as an unproven idea.

I counter this with: Can you prove it isn’t real?

We definitely have a collective responsibility to protect the planet and improve the way we deal with climate problems.

If you are able to do something greener, do it. Don’t shrug it off as not being worthwhile.

Imagine, for example, if you started recycling food waste. That may seem like an alteration that will have little impact. But if a million people make that change the results will be dramatic.

And Finally…

The Climate Change Collective was established by bloggers who are keen to educate others about global warming and sustainable ways to thrive.

If you are a blogger who wishes to join us in writing about climate change then please get in touch.

Please make sure you read the lead post and drop a comment about your thoughts on this topic.

Arctic Climate in Crisis

This month the Climate Change Collective of bloggers decided to discuss the issue of how Climate Change is affecting the Arctic. Not only that, but we hoped to work out how those changes impact the rest of the world.

That was quite a tall order but Michelle did a brilliant job in her lead post:

Shrinking sea ice is one of the biggest changes which has ramifications for wildlife, including Polar Bears and seals. Ice melting generally will increasingly lead to higher sea levels and extended periods of flooding around our coasts.

In my own region, the Fenlands of East Anglia were reclaimed from being wetlands hundreds of years ago. With current predictions, they are likely to be back under water by 2050 if global warming is not tamed.

We should all be watching what is happening in the Arctic with a keen interest.

Animals such as walruses have less sea ice to inhabit and are forced to group together on land, especially in places such as northern Russia. Restrictions on space make them more vulnerable to predators. Michelle explains how these habitat alterations are worrying indeed.

In A Nutshell

There are many changes to Arctic ecosystems which are directly associated with temperature change. With sea ice melting more rapidly, this area is going to suffer from the negative consequences sooner and affect the rest of us too.

If you haven’t seen The Climate Change Collective before, we are an enthusiastic bunch of bloggers who are keen to write about environmental issues. Our goal is to spread awareness and make suggestions for living more sustainable lives.

Thank you for reading my post. Please check out the lead article and comment your thoughts on it for Michelle.

Weather Or Climate?

When Michelle decided to write the latest lead post from the Climate Change Collective about the difference between Weather and Climate, I was especially intrigued.

As a Geography student I changed my degree after one year to a BSc(Hons) instead of a BA(Hons) in order that I could concentrate more on physical geography. A big part of this was the study of climate, and in particular, climate change.

A lot of people mix up the two things. Often people assume a few hot or cold days mean a change in climate but generally climate is about averages. Average rainfall, temperature and windspeed. Weather is more a description of what is happening right now in our blustery skies.

Lately, a short cold burst has led to people quickly condemning the idea of climate change. This is shortsighted and doesn’t make much sense.

Over half a century, world average temperatures have increased significantly. Occasional freak weather conditions do nothing to undo this fact.

Check out Michelle’s wonderful article to find out more about this subject. I hope that you can see how important it is to be able to distinguish between Weather and Climate.