Beating our Fossil Fuel addiction

 

Recovery plan….

  • We all know that fossil fuels are damaging our planet and with it, the hope for a stable climate for our children and their children. As with smoking and any addiction, it is hard to break the cycle of our current need, outweighing our future health……….
  • Changing addiction behaviour is not an easy task, it’s even harder when everyone around us is an addict, but are not recognising there is a problem, or even denying there is a problem.
  • Below are 10 steps to help cure your fossil fuel addiction…. It’s going to be tough, but we’ll all benefit in the long run!!

Action

Why?

Goal achieved

1) Boycott the big six energy providers

This is an easy one, switch to a renewable energy supplier:

We have collective purchase power, if we boycott fossil fuel electricity generation then we can force change through our demand.

 

2) Get political!

Tell your MP that the dash for gas is so 1960s, we want clean energy not fracked gas.

MPs want and need your votes, if enough constituents demand a clean energy policy – they will listen. The slave trade wasn’t ended by politicians, but pressure from the public. A legacy of climate chaos is not what we want to leave for our children. Adapt this template letter.

 

3) Cut down or stop flying, use the train/ ferry or holiday in the UK

Air BNB makes for some fun, and adventurous holidays

 

4) Divest and move your money.

Tell your pension provider that you want a fossil fuel investment free pension. Tell your local council and University that they too should take their pension funds away from the fossil fuel industry.

Pension funds are the life blood of the fossil fuel industry. Undermining investor confidence is more powerful than an ethics debate in this industry. Let’s get the tail wagging the dog!

 

5) Ditch the internal combustion engine

 Fossil fuel cars are the horse and carts of tomorrow….. help the progression to a new age and move to an electric car, get a bike, walk more, take public transport…..

Let’s not forget the ‘the horse manure crisis of 1894’, cars today pollute our air and the wider environment, we can make the change!

 

6) Go veggie – or reduce meat and dairy produce in your diet

Gone are the days of meat and 2 veg! With menu apps and online recipes, eating a less carbon intensive diet is more fun than you think. Animal husbandry is very carbon intensive, not to mention the methane that comes from cows….

 

7) Go organic,  local and seasonal food

Nitrogen fertilisers are made using fossil fuels. Organic food stuff does not use them and is therefore much more environmentally friendly. Try and pick food that is grown locally and seasonally, the air miles soon clock up on imported green beans….

 

8) Balance the grid

Use big appliances at times of low demand for our national electricity grid. 

Use timers on washing machines/ dishwashers and set them to run overnight or at midday. In the summer, help balance the electricity generated by solar and run appliances at midday.  See here to watch the grid, it’s better than telly!

 

9) Make a smarter home.

Become energy efficient in your home. See here for tips. With smart meters, appliances and apps, we could all be cutting our energy use and saving cash at the touch of a button.

25% of carbon emissions come from UK households. Little changes can make big differences. Look for smart heating radiator valves, controlled by mobile app – pretty nifty!

 

10) Cut the crap! Plastic, plastic everywhere….. 

and it’s all made from oil derivatives. Everything we buy is laden with carbon calories, try picking the lower calorie alternative, or not buying it at all….

 

Note:

By using the analogy of addiction, this article does in no way want to appear to be making light of the struggles of anyone with substance, alcohol or gambling addictions. However, the analogy helps us to understand just what we are up against. Addiction can be devastating, from the inability for the addict to hear and heed the most dire of warnings, the pain caused to the addict’s loved ones, the lasting legacy the addiction bequeaths on those left to pick up the pieces.