By Neil Kitching
I have written a book, Carbon Choices, on the common-sense solutions to our climate and nature crises. It describes what climate change is, the ten building blocks that are needed to resolve the problem and the solutions related to our day to day lives – our homes, travel, diets and leisure activities.
I am a first-time author, who felt compelled to share my expertise to help address climate. I drew upon my experiences from exploring the countryside in my leisure time and from my work to support the business environment for companies interested in heat or water. However, the book is my own work and may not reflect the position of my employer, Scottish Enterprise. I live in Dunblane, so there is a strong Scottish element to the book, albeit I do bring in international examples from my travels. The UK hosts the world’s most important event in November 2021 – the COP26 Climate Change conference to be held in Glasgow. Global interest in climate change is already high and will increase further.
Carbon Choices tells the most remarkable story on planet Earth. How one group of sociable animals came to emit 40 billion tonnes (40,000,000,000) of an invisible gas each year, changing the chemistry of the atmosphere and the oceans, and steadily destroying the environment and life support systems that we depend on. We have unwittingly driven the world into a climate and wildlife crisis by the endless extraction of raw materials and our excessive consumption – primarily by wealthier people and countries.
Carbon Choices considers the psychology that drives us to buy more ‘stuff’ and whether this makes us happier. In plain language, it describes ten building blocks that provide us with a foundation to build sensible climate change solutions; and five common-sense principles to guide us in the decisions that we make.
By applying these principles to our daily lives – our diets, homes, travel, shopping and leisure activities – we can regenerate nature and improve our society, make us healthier, happier and lead more fulfilled lives.
Amidst all the bad news, there are grounds for hope – this popular science book will fill any gaps in your understanding of climate change and nature loss and concludes with a green action plan for government, business and individuals to make better Carbon Choices.
An ideal book for anyone interested in our environment and our future. Perhaps a Christmas present? Carbon Choices is available on Amazon and Kindle. One-third of profits will be donated to rewilding projects.
Note: Neil Kitching is a Geographer and Energy Specialist at Scottish Enterprise.
Carbon Choices http://www.carbonchoices.uk/
Carbon Choices: Common-sense Solutions to our Climate and Nature Crises