The decisions we make now will impact our future; a reality we likely can all understand because we've experienced this within our personal lives. We frequently make choices based on how to positively influence where we're headed and/or mitigate any potential adversity. It's much the same when it comes to global warming — what we decide to do today has a ripple effect on whether or not we alleviate or magnify the disruption and damage that climate change brings.
It's an undeniable fact that when people unite under a common goal and implement actionable steps to achieve the progress they wish to see, change is possible. Right now, the most significant worldwide issue we're facing is dealing with global warming and the accelerated climate change it's triggering.
Although comprising a small percentage of the world's population, Indigenous Peoples protect around 80% of the Earth's biodiversity. For many, their traditional knowledge and way of life — often stretching back through centuries or even millennia — exist because of an interdependent relationship with the land.
Finding ways to be more environmentally conscious in our day-to-day choices has become something that many of us are taking more seriously. Climate change is a global concern; how we choose to move forward and embrace sustainability as individuals represents one actionable step we can take.
If you ever needed further proof that fossil fuel industries and world leaders/government representatives don't give a shit about tackling global warming (most notably those that are oil and gas investors); then look no further than the 'carbon bomb' projects they're establishing.
While there are many well publicized ways we can take individual climate action, like reducing single-use plastic; recycling; shopping with reusable tote bags, for example; there are a number of other things we can do to help the environment that may be slightly unexpected.
We've often seen buzzwords like 'carbon footprint', 'offsetting' and 'net zero' used by companies touting their eco-friendly efforts; but what, if anything, does this mean in terms of their climate action? I'll give you a hint; it's not always as beneficial as some would have us believe.
It's critical we support Indigenous communities in protecting their land and lifeways from extractive industries; with one such call to action happening right now to stop Enbridge's line 3 oil pipeline crisscrossing Minnesota's lakes and wetlands.