400 ppm…

Another climate change milestone has been reached. The Mauna Loa observatory on Hawaii has been taking readings since 1958. Since I stood within 500m of this observatory when I was roughly 8 years old, I feel i’ve had a slightly altered perception of this planet.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/apr/29/carbon-dioxide-concentration-record-levels

Here’s the pdf: Global carbon dioxide 400ppm

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So, 280 – 400 ppm of CO2 in roughly 200 years. Wow.

The human conditions of enterprise, endeavour and creativity have not served the planet well in some ways – those things have led to the development of ever more damaging practices and technologies. The creation of free markets and capitalism has been the driving force behind this process and has pushed and pushed the principle of the cheapest process or product being the approach which is followed – in many ways to the detriment of the planet (or should I say the living creatures which inhabit the planet).

Time to use those same human characteristics to reverse what has happened over the past 200 years.

One way to draw back from the trap of ever-increasing impact is to make a conscious effort to alter your lifestyle choices. In our house, we periodically re-examine what we’re doing in our lives and if we can make any changes for the better.

The most recent example has been to sell our dishwasher and get our old microwave oven recycled. Those are both fairly high-power usage bits of kit and that move will hopefully lead to a reduction in power use, meaning less CO2 released and less money wasted.

I’m loving the process involved, especially the challenge of living a more simple life.

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