I‘m a separated mother of a two year old and I don‘t have a marketing job. I’m living with the consequences of a mental health diagnosis and currently residing with my parents. I spent many of my formerly beautiful 41 years not thinking about climate change at all and I don’t profess to be an expert. You could well dismiss my thoughts as not worth reading, should you be that way inclined.
However, if you do stick around and decide to read on, you might see I’m trying to make a big change and that, really, is the point. Inspired by a Greta Thunberg podcast during lockdown, I decided I didn’t know enough about global warming and wanted to find out a bit more. I spent evenings grappling with science, rhetoric and laws and what I discovered was threefold. First, climate change could be the biggest threat our plant has ever faced. Second, it is getting worse because of human activity. Third, the main barrier to reducing it is apathy and in some quarters, there is actually a deep rooted reluctance to re-order the status quo.
So in emerging from a period of isolation I wouldn‘t want to repeat, I have found my incentive to deepen my understanding of climate issues, look again at my lifestyle and make some responsible changes. I‘m ashamed to admit that despite years of flicking through magazines expounding the benefits of plant based diets, it has taken me until now to wake up to the fact that if I don’t do something about climate change, my daughter and her peers might not be able to. Enabling the current state of affairs to continue simply wouldn’t be fair to them; I need to stand up and try.
Over the coming months, I am dedicated to embarking on a journey to discover more about climate change; what it is, what it does and what I should be doing about it. I will attempt to make all aspects of my life more sustainable, whilst minimising (if I can) the expense and time that the alternative option seems to require. I am also pledging to write one letter a week, to business owners, law makers, industry bodies and regulators, in order to highlight my experiences and help them to help ordinary people, like me, make a real difference. I hope in more ways than one.
I intend to publish my musings and letters (including any responses) on my blog. I look forward to hearing from you.
A Mad Mother
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