Tobi Ijitoye is an action/2015 youth panelist and campaigner with Restless Development. In this post for the #CoolerPlanet series, she reflects on what small steps individuals can take to help tackle climate change.

Things that come into my head when I hear climate change: extreme weather, natural disasters, poor air quality, a massive myth. I am pretty sure this is what other people think when they hear about climate change too. However there’s more to climate than this. Climate change is an unprecedented moment in human history and it will take great innovation to halt climate change in its tracks.

To be honest I don’t know much about the science behind Climate Change. From what I’ve read the world is at risk at warming by 2C, which is a MASSIVE problem as that means we are all at risk of extreme weather, rising sea levels, droughts and other issues such as crop failures which then could lead to a while another set of problems.  However just because I don’t know much about  the science behind Climate Change, it doesn’t mean there isn’t anything I can do as an individual.  

To me Climate change is not an isolated issue, it’s connected to many issues and many of the newly agreed Sustainable Development Goals are dependent on solutions to Climate Change.  Goal 3 Good Health, cities need to sort of levels of pollution and put in policies, which promote green schemes and promote recycling for all.  Goal 2 – No Hunger, countries need to invest in agriculture and in methods, which produce good nutritious crops and that are environmentally friendly. These things involve all of us, as Global Citizens taking small actions in our everyday lives.

It’s almost impossible to deny in modern times we are living in a more independent world. We simply cannot ignore the devastation that natural disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan are beamed into our living rooms during the evening news.

For me Climate Change is not just a problem for people on the other side of the world and world leaders to solve. We all have a part to play and we can all do that by taking small steps to reduce our own impact on the plant. For me this means recycling my waste and encouraging others to do too. It means writing to my local politicians asking them to support and implement green policies and also promote awareness of the issue to my friends and family.

I feel by taking these small steps I feel we can all contribute to bettering the planet.

What do you think?

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