Calling All Prestonians

Be the Change

Be the change you want to see in the world.

— Gandhi.

Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish school girl, has inspired millions across the world to protest against climate change. But she argues that it shouldn’t be her striking from school, it should be the adults taking action; the world leaders making drastic changes to their policies and practices .

As a mother of young children, I worry that in a few years time her words could be echoed by my children as they become aware of the extent of the climate crisis and challenge me about my own actions. I don’t want to be part of the problem; I want to be part of the solution. I want to protect my children’s futures. So many of the daily choices I make will either tackle climate change or contribute to it. Suddenly the choice to take a stand against climate change and work to protect my planet seems a far more important parental decision than which is right primary school or when to go back to work.

Climate change is already affecting people across the world. People are already dying as a result of the amount of carbon dioxide we release into the atmosphere. I’m no expert in the science, but there are plenty of people who are experts and they are imploring us to take urgent action on a really big scale to address the problem. As an individual, it can feel as though my actions won’t even begin to make a difference in the face of such an extreme situation. But everything I do makes a difference for better or for worse. And the more I talk about my actions, the more other people will be encouraged to make changes of their own, or to share their own Eco Warrior success stories. Individuals quickly become communities who become nations. Eventually, the world is going to have to work together to fight for our survival and the sooner individuals catch on to this, the better.

I’m just one person, but Climate Action Preston is my way of reaching out to others who want to make a positive difference. Soon we’ll be a community fighting for tomorrow.

Will you join me?