Combat global warming to help end poverty
Global poverty has been halved. More than 2 billion people have gained access to clean drinking water. These are huge wins, a sign we are moving in the right direction. However, our world is changing rapidly. The previous decade was the hottest on record. An increase in heat waves, droughts, flooding, storms, emerging diseases and food price spikes are already contributing to instability within developing regions.
Those who did little to contribute to global warming will be hit the hardest. People already subsisting in fragile conditions, will be forced to face the repercussions of our global society’s environmental selfishness and neglect.
People seem reluctant to acknowledge that alleviating climate change is conducive to the reduction of poverty, and vice versa. Are the issues too hefty; the task so large, that combating both simply feels impossible? But if we don’t make efforts to address both these issues concurrently, 50 years of development gains are at risk of slipping away.
So where can we start? Individual choices that reduce the carbon load make a difference; they can start conversations and influence our friends and family to make ethical choices. Our purchasing power can be harnessed to influence corporations and governments to take real action.
One of our generous 10 Year Anniversary sponsors, KeepCup, has offered to help you get started on the path to environmental sustainability. They've offered us three family packs of their reusable takeaway coffee cups to share with the Oaktree community. Each pack includes four KeepCups, a carry bag and a teatowel. You can enter via rafflecopter below.
With nearly 4 billion trees or 35% of the total trees chopped down used in paper industries on every continent, you might want to rethink the storage of your caffeine hit. Choosing a KeepCup sees an annual 36-47% reduction in carbon emissions, 64-85% reduction in water use and a 91 - 92% reduction in landfill waste when compared to disposable paper cups.
We can either be of the opinion that our actions and purchases matter little in the global scheme of things, or we can believe strongly in our weight as global citizens. You don’t need to be a well-known international figure in order to make a change. Every effort counts. Start today. Think globally, act locally.