Recently Darrell Wade, Intrepid co-founder, has been discussing on this blog the dire situation surrounding climate change and what Intrepid Travel has been doing to meet our corporate responsibilities. But now Darrell’s challenge to all of us is to find ways to make a personal commitment to change…
“Say this out loud: I am going to help save the world. Sounds good don’t you think? Now say it again, louder this time: I am going to help save the world!”
Why not join me and make this your new year’s resolution? I promise you it will feel even better than it sounds. But of course a new year’s resolution is only as good as the actions that happen as a result of the resolution. So as a part of your resolutions you’ll need to draw up a commitment list that really will help to save the world.
How about putting solar panels on your roof – they are a quarter of the price they were 5 years ago! Get a solar hot water service – it will actually save you money and save carbon emissions. Plant some trees? Why not pay an organisation to plant a 1,000 trees – it’s not as expensive as you think and the plants will suck up a couple of thousand tons of carbon in their lifetime.
Using public transport, riding a bike, selling your car and offsetting your personal emissions are all ideas that you might consider to bring your new year’s resolution to reality. (I’ll be doing several of these items next year as a part of my resolution!)
The inconvenient truth of today is that we can’t rely on governments to fix our problems – we need to take direct and personal action ourselves. En masse. If we are going to beat climate change we all need to take personal responsibility for it. I hope you join me and make your own new year resolution – let me know what you’ve got planned, as there’s every chance that sharing your ideas will help inspire someone else.
Photo: Scott Davey, Vietnam