We begin to move into 2021 and the topic of sustainability and climate action is already showing prominence, with President Joe Biden within days of his inauguration rejoining the Paris Agreement. The world now looks towards the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow to see how as a shared population we aim to be more sustainable.
As the UK begins to move past Brexit and while Covid-19 endures, we have all learned to adapt in our everyday lives. I wanted to explore how we can all learn to adapt to the very strong messaging that we “must change” or see our planet perish in regard to our personal sustainability.
The topic of personal responsibility and our consumer habits, the way we live our lives, and our carbon footprint can often be polarising. Many feel that it’s difficult to know what the right and wrong thing to do, and that often is enough to stop them from wanting to try in the first place.
In the audio package, I spoke to Phil Bennett, a 57-year-old Gardener from Plymouth about his motivation to move into a middle ground of sustainable living, in hopes that others can find inspiration to move into a more sustainable way of living without feeling like they need to turn their life upside down.
If you try to make it a moral crusade, I think you’re in big trouble because people are very immoral
While policy and industry changes are paramount to help reach the United Nation sustainable goals, we all have to look at our own lives to see how we can contribute to saving the planet. We are often told to “do our bit”, but our bit never seems to be enough.
I also spoke to Becky Pink, writer of Pinkscharming.com where she writes about having a green and ethical lifestyle, I asked her about how we can begin to change attitudes towards becoming sustainable and to spread the message of sustainability in a sustainable manner.
I don’t think you can force somebody to live a more sustainable life, they have to have the passion or even the fear… so the thing that maybe puts people of is others judging them
Please listen here:
A photo gallery of Phil’s life:
Music by: Bensound.com