Dear Parents/Guardians and Children of BCS,
Undoubtedly, you have heard about the unseasonal natural disasters that have occurred recently.To recount only a few:
Uncontrollable bushfires happening in Australia and California since 2019.
Unexpected and fatal floods in Germany
Droughts in Sub-Saharan countries.
Climate change is a gargantuan difficulty humanity is facing so I am writing to you about ways to save energy and reduce emissions.
Here are some tips on how to reduce Co2 at School:
Turn off your engine as soon as possible – pollution is one of the main causes of climate change so even the tiniest reduction of carbon dioxide by everyone can make a significant difference.
Leave the car park promptly – This will reduce congestion which will lead to less Co2 in the air.
For students and staff:
Turn off the lights when leaving the classroom – this is the easiest way of saving energy.
Try not to use laptops whilst they are on charge – using your laptop when charging uses a considerably larger amount of energy than using it without.
Switch off devices when not in use.
Did you know?
If you kept your computer on for a whole year (which, hopefully, none of us would!) it would produce enough carbon dioxide to fill a double decker bus to the brim ?!
Nature based solutions to climate change can contribute up to 37% of the carbon emission intake to keep global warming below 2 degrees celsius.This means that if we reduce the 38,600 sq miles of deforestation annually it will contribute hugely to reducing Co2 emissions.
Additional information of interest:
– Average reduction of Co2 from the average person per year at home (in tonnes):
– Living car-free = -2.04
– Getting an electric car = -1.95
– One less long haul flight per year= -1.68
– Using renewable energy = -1.6
– Using public transport = -0.98
– Refurbishment/innovation = -0.895
– Being on a vegan diet = -0.8
– Having a heat pump = -0.795
– Improved cooking equipment = -0.65
– Using renewable-based heating = -0.64
Did you know?
Cleaning your light bulbs and lamps weekly will brighten your house by up to 30% ?
If none of us take action against climate change we will all feel the consequences…
– Sea levels will rise and rainfall will become more intense leading to frequent flooding.
– Heat waves will occur more often.
– In vulnerable areas, such as sub Saharan Africa, these changes will be felt on a daily basis. Extreme heat and lack of rainfall can cause drought impacting on the crops they grow.
– When it does rain, it is so heavy that it leaves no time for the water to infiltrate into the soil, causing it to flood to lower areas, eroding the fertile top layer of the soil.
– Erosion leads to the land becoming dehydrated, causing a decline in vegetation. Because of this decline in crops, locals are forced to migrate to find fertile land. They are called climate refugees.
In conclusion, people of BCS, we are slowly starting to experience the consequences of climate change due to deleterious activities. However,if we all play our part this will lead to a more positive planet.