Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Can Tackle the Climate Crisis - One Bite at a Time

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Can Tackle the Climate Crisis - One Bite at a Time

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Byline: Neil Walker

I'D like to start by wishing everyone a happy new decade. Over Christmas, I read Greta Thunberg's book No-one is too small to make a difference.

This is a short (and to an extent repetitive) book that contains some of her speeches over the last couple of years. It contains one clear message over and over again, stated in different ways. Greta Thunberg is very clear on her goal and she has started to cause a difference in the world.

I think the title is one of the most important messages in the book; if you don't like the way the world looks, then change it. Be active, don't just moan. We may feel that on our own we can do nothing but, as the general election has showed, lots of individuals on their own can have a huge impact when they combine.

I'd say that greater numbers of young people are becoming more aware of their lifestyle. They are starting to have concerns about exotic school trips and even longhaul holidays. The conversations I and my colleagues in other schools are having are more about sustainable futures and how we make sure our environment is secure for generations to come.

One of the problems for schools now, especially those with a partnership programme in the developing world, is looking at their carbon footprint. We're all looking at that eco, green agenda.

With a lot of recent media coverage of climate change and Extinction Rebellion action, I've been looking at the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development goals. In 2015, the United Nations set out goals that need to be achieved in order to create a better and more sustainable future for everyone.

These 17 goals address global challenges, including climate change but are much broader, covering poverty, inequality, peace, justice, etc. The UN set a target of achieving all of these by 2030 which means we should be at least one third of the way to achieving them this year.

When you look at the goals, each one is a big commitment, and there are 17 of them. …

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