The Impact of Climate Change in Gabura, Bangladesh

Oxfam just launched an interactive documentary about the impact of Climate Change in Gabura, Bangladesh – oxfam.org.uk/gabura. It contains extraordinary footage of cyclone Aila as it hit, plus snapshots of village life. It allows the user to choose the videos they wish to explore.

They also launched an interactive Climate Change Challenge Game where players can test how much they know about CC and complete through Facebook. The game features a host of celebrity supporters and is designed to raise public awareness. Click the image below to take a look.

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Love Letters to the Future

Love Letters to the Future is designed to raise awareness about climate change. They are putting out a call for people to create messages for the future and upload them to www.loveletterstothefuture.com.

A time capsule is being built to preserve the 100 most popular messages voted on by the public at the loveletters’ site. It will be sealed at a live event in Copenhagen, to be re-opened in 100 years.

Their goal is to collect a critical mass of love letters and present them to the world during the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen on December 13, 2009. Check out the quick video below for more info:

Communities Fight Ecological Effects Of Climate Change

Nick from Big Green Smile has written an interesting post on how the Government is rewarding communities trying to stop climate change:

Communities battling to stop the ecological damage of climate change could receive a share of a £10 million government fund.

Twenty successful communities will receive funding from the Low Carbon Communities Challenge, which will be used to pay for energy saving measures chosen by the residents themselves, such as electric car charge points.

If measures put in place by the project are successful at cutting emissions on a local scale then they could be rolled out nationally.

Currently around one-quarter of the UK’s carbon emissions come from powering heating, lighting and electrical appliances around the home, and this number needs to fall to almost zero by 2050 if the country is to meet government energy saving targets.

The Government also wants to see around 40 per cent of energy produced by low carbon sources by 2020.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Miliband, explained that the project is a chance for communities across the county to play their part in tackling climate change.

He said: “The UK has the most ambitious emissions reduction commitments in the world and projects like this will develop the policies we need to be successful.”

Saving The Planet By Small Contributions

Another post from Big Green Smile. This one’s written by Nick.

Governmental advice on how to help the planet will be available in a pamphlet that will be available from our libraries later this year.

We at BigGreenSmile can only smile at the Government’s advice that is spot on with our mantra:

Big change is required in the way we live but big change doesn’t always have to be made by governments. The individual can make a difference and small changes by one person can have a ripple effect through society at large. The information includes how the public can make simple changes to their lives contributing to climate change.

Hanging out clothes instead of using a tumble dryer
Cutting food waste
Use less water when boiling a kettle (see our Eco Kettle)
Taking showers rather than baths (why not save more with our aerated showerheads)
Switch off the television at night (check out our Standby buster)
The leaflet also includes areas on how to insulate your home and using energy saving light bulbs (our energy saving light bulbs)

This is a starter for ten for the Government’s plans to commit Britain to ambitious global greenhouse gas reductions when the talks take place at the UN’s climate change meeting in Copenhagen in December. We say bring it on!

The Ethics Of Climate Change Eco Book Review

The Ethics Of Climate Change (right and wrong in a warming world) by James Garvey argues that climate change is actually a moral problem, one that can be informed by economics, politics, science and society, but what we do is actually down to us.

The Ethics Of Climate Change

It’s a very interesting read, though a little heavy-weight for those not 100% interested in the topic. Serious, but never patronizing, Garvey presents his views in a series of nicely structured chapters and sub-chapters. Discussing the science and the facts and then moving quickly onto moral beliefs and ethics, the book is a detailed examination of what the options available to us are, who’s responsible, and ways of thinking about them. A lot of it I had never really thought about much before and it’s enlightening that a “green” book can provide something new and thought provoking.

I liked the author’s style, and the way the book was structured and presented. One of the reviewers on Amazon summed it up for me when I was looking for some final thoughts: “Witty without being frivolous, explanatory but never condescending, it is engaging and challenging in equal measure.”

Here you can read a good interview with the author, James Garvey (Secretary of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, and you can buy the book from Amazon.