The climate crisis is happening now. The next 10 years are going to determine the quality of life for the next 100 years, according to the United Nations. The human race has never had to face a set a challenges as those we do right now. But together we can overcome them if everyone does their part for the benefit of all humanity.
The current climate is the EMERGENCY
► By 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish, yet over 3 billion people depend on oceans for their livelihoods.
► One fotboll field of rainforest disappears every 6 seconds, yet forests are home to more than 80% of species of animals, plants and insects.
► 1 million animal and plant species are on the brink of extinction.
► 1/3 of the world's food is wasted, yet over 700 million people live in extreme poverty and are undernourished.
► Lack of water affects more than 40% of the world's population.
► 3 billion people lack clean cooking fuels and technologies.
► 9 of 10 urban residents breathe polluted air.
Source: United Nations.
This cannot go on. This is a moment to recognise that the way we have been acting leads nowhere, and we need to change course. There is power in every decision we make. We can shape society and the future of our planet with every choice we make.
What we must do
1. Reduce global emissions by 50% by 2030 by rapid transition to renewable energy
• Everyone can contribute to using less energy through an energy-conscious behaviour and by choosing energy-saving equipment
• Use only energy efficient equipment
• Activate the power-saving features of your equipment
• Turn off lights and unnecessary equipment when possible
• Limit the use of non-reusable and polluting consumables
When you plan a business meeting, conference or seminar think of these things:
• If you need a meeting/conference/seminar etc. can it be hosted digitally?
• If you need to travel can it be by train?
• If you need to fly can you book the most direct trip?
According to KIs travel regulations, we who work at KI shall:
• Always consider using the phone, video or web conferencing instead of travelling
• Use the train instead of flying when travelling to Gothenburg and other nearby domestic destinations and remember to always book your travel through our procured travel agent BCD Travel
• Choose eco-taxi and rent eco-cars
• Take the KI bus instead of using a car for transport between Campus Huddinge and Campus Solna
• Bike, walk or use public transportation
• Choose hotels that are eco-labelled, environmentally certified or that can prove in any other way that they conduct active environmental work
2. Reduce paper consumption
• By using less paper, you can reduce your impact on forests, cut energy use and climate change emissions, limit water, air and other pollution and produce less waste
• Print out texts on paper only when necessary
• Plant a tree and help protect the environment
3. Think about what we eat and how we produce food, embracing healthy and nutritious diets
4. Reduce and recycle waste
• Waste less food and support local farmers
• Recycle paper, plastic, glass and aluminium
• Donate what you don't use in order to reduce poverty
• Avoid plastic bags to keep the oceans clean
5. Avoid wasting water
How we can do it
The Covid-19 pandemic offers an opportunity to build recovery plans that will change our patterns towards a more sustainable future. These are some examples of how you can change your habits towards a more sustainable future:
Watch a lecture on climate change & action
With professor Alasdair Skelton (Stockholm University).
KI employee-driven climate network
KI employees have initiated a climate network with the purpose of gathering climate-engaged researchers, teachers and others at KI in order to contribute to 'climate-smart' and sustainable work throughout the organisation.
The climate crisis is an opportunity. The passion for climate change can turn into a passion for changing our behaviour to create a better and safer sustainable world. We can create and enjoy green jobs, live healthier lives with cleaner air and better diets. The Covid-19 lockdown has also showed that our environment itself can change.