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  • Writer's pictureJulia Bauzรก-Martinez

๐Ÿ”ฅ๐‘ฉ๐‘ผ๐‘น๐‘ต๐‘ฐ๐‘ต๐‘ฎ ๐‘ถ๐‘ผ๐‘น ๐‘ท๐‘ณ๐‘จ๐‘ต๐‘ฌ๐‘ป ๐‘จ๐‘พ๐‘จ๐’€๐Ÿ”ฅย 

Unfortunately, our planet is burning away. This statement is backed up by the LOTS ofย scientificย evidence, some of which you can find presented below. Actually, the evidenceย is so clear that we see the same trend in every indicator we look at:ย  biodiversityย losses, green-house gasses (GHG), loss of ice surface, rise of global land & sea surface temperatures, coral reefs decay, increase on natural disasters, lack of rain, severe droughts, lack of snowfalls, extreme temperatures, etc.



Globally, GHG are mostly derived from:


๐Ÿ”ฅenergyย (~73%, includes heating, travel, industry, etc.)


๐Ÿ”ฅagricultureย , Forestry and Land use (~18%)


๐Ÿ”ฅcementย and (petro)chemical industry (~5%)


๐Ÿ”ฅwasteย (3%)



A big chunk of the problem lies within political (ir)responsibility. Newย legislationsย must be set on place to regulate energy sources, energy and natural resources usage, travel and agricultural practices, and uncontrolled consumerism. Last year's COP28ย has set a new milestone by ๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ ๐ง๐ข๐ณ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ. Although the term 'transition away' is quite loose, it is a big first step that will lead to further refinement on future editions of the conference.



However, while new policies are a must, ๐š๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ ๐ฅ๐จ๐›๐š๐ฅ ๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐œ๐ก๐จ๐ข๐œ๐žs. Did you know that the higher your income, the more likely the majority of yourย emissionsย come from flying and driving? Thus, ๐ซ๐ž๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐ซ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐š ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐œ๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐ซ๐ž๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ, so that is direct action you can take. For example, for those of us inย academia, flying causes about 2/3ย as many emissions as campus operations, meaning if you decide to take the train to your next conference or to not participate in every overseas conference, you will also reduce yourย carbon footprint.



Inspired by others, this year I stopped looking away from the problem and implemented meaningful changes to my lifestyle. It took courage, discipline and sacrifice to minimize emissions, but it was fun and rewarding. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ฆ๐ž? Here some ideas for yourย 2024 goals:



๐Ÿ’ก Reuse an old NYE outfit instead of buying a new one.


๐Ÿ’ก Plan your next holiday by public transportย instead of plane/car.


๐Ÿ’ก Learn someย plant basedย recipes to lower your diet-related emissions.


๐Ÿ’ก Put on a sweater instead of heating as to feel comfortable in short-sleeves.


๐Ÿ’ก Buy local and seasonal food instead of overseas products.


๐Ÿ’ก Check out the local thrift store for that item of clothing/furniture you need.



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