The Town of Caledon has launched a new initiative called Resilient Caledon to get input from residents in preparation for an updated Community Climate Change Action Plan. As the effects of climate change start to hit closer to home, there’s no time like the present to learn more about how we got here and what we can do.
If you’re looking for a place to start, try Rachel Carson’s 1962 classic Silent Spring. Though the book was primarily about the effect of chemical pesticides on the planet, it was an early example of an emerging genre of books and other media describing the impact of human behavior on the environment. In 2016, former Vice President Al Gore released the award-winning documentary (and subsequent book) An Inconvenient Truth. In it, he described how human behaviours were accelerating the speed of climate change, and how it was imperative to make drastic changes on a personal and political level in order to stave off environmental disaster. That call to immediate action was made well over a decade ago; earlier this year David Wallace-Wells released The Uninhabitable Earth, which provides a terrifying glimpse into the very near future as we deal with the consequences of our inaction.
Reading about climate change can feel like facing down insurmountable odds; what can any one person do to stop it? Here are a few reading suggestions to help motivate you.
There are numerous books on how to reduce your environmental footprint. Try How to Give Up Plastic: Simple Steps to Living Consciously on our Blue Planet by Will McCallum for inspiration. From the expected (bring a reusable cup to work) to the ingenious (modify your washing machine to filter out microplastics), you’re sure to find strategies that will work for you. For a collaborative – and Canadian – perspective, Everything Under the Sun: Toward a Brighter Future on a Small Blue Planet by David Suzuki argues that there are in fact solutions to our environmental issues, and many of the problems we face are interconnected, but we need to work together at all levels to make the necessary changes. And finally, if you need a big dose of inspiration in a little package, look no further than Greta Thunberg. Her tiny collection of speeches, No One is Too Small to Make a Difference, packs a big punch.
Be sure to visit the Resilient Caledon website, where you’ll find an online survey and a schedule of workshops and events. Find ways to be part of the solution!