While the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are alarming, it is a call to action that we can use to ignite our enthusiasm for being part of the solution!
When many of us are already feeling pounded by the relentless flow of pandemic news, the IPCC release has the potential to send our thoughts spiralling. It’s vital to keep our mental health in check and focus on only what we personally have the power to influence.
Let this news empower you to think more about what you can tweak in your daily routine, who to vote for to take action on your behalf, which companies’ values align with yours, and how you can spread inspiration in your circles.
To bring change, we need hope. To help get you in the right frame of mind, we have a blast of inspiration from some of our favourite books, blogs, podcasts and eco influencers that you need on your radar, right now.
But first, what is the IPCC report?
The IPCC is the UN body for assessing the science related to climate change. Its most recent release (which you can read here) has gained a lot of attention. Not only did it state that scientists are observing changes in the Earth’s climate in every region, but it also provided new estimates of the chances of crossing the global warming level of 1.5°C in the next decades, and the disastrous impacts that will have.
However, it’s not all bad news. Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis also outlined that human actions still have the potential to determine the future course of climate – meaning that we can still do something about this!
How to stay hopeful
Hope is a Verb by Emily Ehlers: When the world feels uncertain, we need hope, humour and meaningful action. Hope Is a Verb is the ideal handbook for anyone freaked out about the state of the planet.
Clean Green by Jen Chillingsworth: Learn how to make your own cleaning products and reduce your use of plastics and chemicals.
Be The Change by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus: Share your eco enthusiasm with curious little minds via this beautifully illustrated children’s book about waste.
No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference by Greta Thunberg: The evocative speeches of this courageous climate activist are sure to fan the flames of your eco warrior spirit.
9 Things You Can Do About Climate Change: Skim through these very simple ways to be part of the charge against climate change.
10 Ways You Can Fight Climate Change: From avoiding palm oil to embracing RedCycle, this post is packed with small suggestions capable of big change.
What You Can Do To Lessen Climate Change This Christmas: These practical ideas don’t just apply to the festive season – chat to your folks, buy local and contact your local MP.
Little Green Pod: Bite-sized, entertaining nuggets of wisdom are delivered to you by ABC Radio’s Fiona Poole in just 10–12 minutes, sharing easy ways to do your bit for the planet.
The Wardrobe Crisis: VOGUE’s first ever Sustainability Editor, Clare Press, hosts the world’s leading sustainability fashion podcast, navigating issues like plastic pollution and circularity via chats with supermodels, designers and economists.
So Hot Right Now: Environmental journo Lucy Siegle and wildlife filmmaker Tom Mustill learn how to communicate better about nature and climate from the likes of Sir David Attenborough and UN climate negotiator Christiana Figueres.
Sustainable(ish): Bearing the tagline of “practical help and support for the #imperfectlygreen”, this podcast is perfect for those short on time and energy.
Sustainababble: Hosts Ol and Dave bring lightheartedness and comedy to the climate crisis.
Future Earth: This online climate club gives context to the headlines.
The Zero Waste Guide: Check out the awesome ‘Old Me / New Me’ posts for super simple swaps.
Biome: If you haven’t peeped our socials yet, you’ll be treated to inspirational words of wisdom, life-changing ideas and product suggestions. At Biome, we aim to practise what we preach, with our goal to go beyond carbon neutral to carbon positive.
Milkwood: These permaculture experts will have you collecting rainwater, keeping worms and harvesting your own food before you’re 10 tiles deep.
The Green Hub: Kira describes her feed as “imperfect sustainability with a side of nature and optimism” – exactly what we need.
Verena Erin | My Green Closet: This slow-fashion advocate will motivate you to shop mindfully.
Plastic Free Mermaid: Kate Nelson’s journey eliminating all disposable plastics from her life 10 years ago is the Insta inspo you need on your feed.
Eco with Em: Author, illustrator and environmentalist Emily Ehlers shares her quirky slant on sustainable living via cute Insta tiles pulsing with positivity.