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How to stop climate change and help the environment

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We have reported on several innovations, new processes, subsidies and business strategies all aimed at reversing global warming, stopping climate change or at least capping temperature rise at 1.5° – 2°C compared to the pre-industrial age. 

However, what we see is that even under the most optimistic scenarios, humankind is only meeting roughly three-quarters of energy demand growth through renewable energy. Hence, the math does not add up, and we remain heavily dependent on fossil energy sources to satisfy global energy hunger. 

Another input factor to the equation has been underestimated for so long and needs to be considered and further developed.

Fight global poverty: Studies show that a relationship exists between economic growth and environmental quality. A rise of gross domestic product (GDP) per capita indeed has adverse effects on the environment, related to the intensified use of resources. What’s also true is that at a specific point, a further rise in GDP also leads to reductions in environmental degradation. This effect is illustrated in the Kuznets Curve below. It relates to (i) limited income results in limited options, (ii) the ecological trade-off only becomes an option at a certain income, (iii) technological progress, and (iv) behavior change, to only name a few. 

In short, helping emerging economies in their development by opening access to the newest decarbonized energy generating technologies can result in a leap in green technology adoption and avoid fossil energy use. Consequently, climate change can be capped.

A second factor to the equation is an essential change in the mindset across the western world in regards to energy and resource consumption. In other words, what can everyone contribute to boost the energy transition?

As a start, we want to get away from the notions of prohibition and abstinence as an option when it comes to goods and services. A first step on this very personal journey could be an assessment of the status quo – what is the effect on Plant Earth of my current behavior and consumption? Doing this, you can calculate your footprint and see how many planets you would need in order to legitimate your resource usage.

We have taken this assessment and, to be honest, were disgusted by the result. Consequently, we are encouraged to contribute even more and follow the easy-to-apply measures to our everyday lives: 

If this article was not enough of a wake-up call for you or you still doubt that climate change exists, then check out the Netflix film of David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet. It’s well with your time.

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