It's time to bring a climate lens to everything we do

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"It's time to bring a climate lens to everything we do." This is the powerful message with which Dr Twila Moon concludes our recently published Virtual Workshop on Climate Science. But what does that really mean for each of us, especially those who might not feel directly tied to climate change in their day-to-day life? 

You might find yourself asking: "What do I really need to know about climate change? And how can I effectively address this critical issue?" Throughout the video series with renowned climate scientist Dr Twila Moon, it will become clear that climate change is an issue that touches on just about every aspect of our daily lives.

It's not just about melting ice caps; it's about how our choices impact the world around us. Climate change transcends professional boundaries, it’s everyone’s business. This is where the concept of the climate lens comes in. It offers us a multi-faceted approach to making a difference.

The climate lens concept is based on the idea that there are different areas where we as individuals can have an impact in our daily lives. 

Beginning with the smallest dimension - the private and personal sphere - we can make conscious choices in our daily lives. Whether it's the food we eat, the clothes we wear or the way we get around, every choice has a footprint on our planet. What’s more, we can dedicate our own resources to support the fight against climate change. This could, for example, be time that we spend getting involved in climate movements. Or it could be money that we donate to effective climate projects

Moving to the social network dimension, we find opportunities to amplify climate action through our connections. Whether it's discussing the importance of renewable energy with friends, supporting climate-friendly businesses within our social circles, or organising community clean-up events, our influence extends beyond ourselves.  

Transitioning to the organisational sphere, we have the power to share ideas, change processes, and implement sustainable practices within our workplaces and institutions. This could involve implementing energy-efficient practices, encouraging recycling and waste reduction initiatives, or fostering a culture of climate responsibility among employees. 

Stepping into the public sphere we, have the opportunity to shape political decisions by participating in democratic processes such as elections and campaigning for climate policies.  

Finally, the cultural sphere presents avenues to shift norms, systems, stories, and symbols to promote a more sustainable society. For example, we can tell stories in books, movies, and TV shows that show why taking care of the climate is important. We can also learn from indigenous communities who have always lived in harmony with nature. 

By donating to climate projects, you have the power to make a difference in each of these spheres.

Your contribution can empower activists and affected communities, amplifying their voices and accelerating their efforts. You can also spur innovation by supporting breakthrough ideas in climate-critical sectors that advance tangible solutions. In addition, by supporting organisations that advocate for climate action, you can help shape policy decisions and drive systemic change. You can also support organisations that influence the way climate issues are communicated, enabling effective messaging to inspire action and encourage broader engagement in tackling climate change. 

Adopting a climate lens across all these spheres of influence opens up an infinite number of opportunities to make an impact.

The concept helps to see beyond the surface, understanding the ripple effects of our actions on the environment. By applying this new angle, we empower ourselves to make a difference in almost every aspect of our lives. And the best part? It's not just about individual efforts; it's about coming together as a community to create real change. So, the next time you're faced with a decision, big or small, ask yourself: How does this affect the climate? By incorporating a climate lens into our everyday lives, we can increase our leverage and work towards a more sustainable and resilient future for all.  

Curious to learn more?

If you want to freshen up your climate knowledge and build a foundational understanding of the science behind climate change, our Virtual Workshop on Climate Science is just for you.  

Led by world-renowned climate scientist and science communicator Dr Twila Moon, this virtual workshop will take you through everything you need to know about climate. Each of the 8 episodes is just 5 minutes long and packed with the key facts and figures. 

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