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What can one person do about climate change?

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Climate change sucks. Let's fix it.
If you answer "I agree, how can I help?" this talk is for you.

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What can one person do about climate change?

  1. 1. What can one person do about climate change? Kimberly Nicholas, PhD Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies @KA_Nicholas kimnicholas.com @KA_Nicholas 1
  2. 2. @KA_Nicholas 2
  3. 3. Image:MarkVogel @KA_Nicholas 3
  4. 4. Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images @KA_Nicholas 4
  5. 5. Photo: Mason Trinca, SF Chronicle @KA_Nicholas 5
  6. 6. Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1932 @KA_Nicholas 6
  7. 7. What you do really matters (for the next 10,000 years) • Congrats, you’re alive at the most important time in human history • What kind of person are you? • Show the coral reefs photo side by side. @KA_Nicholas 7
  8. 8. What kind of world do you want to live in? Hoegh-Guldberg et al., 2007, Science @KA_Nicholas 8
  9. 9. @KA_Nicholas 9
  10. 10. @swimparallel, Flickr Climate change sucks. Let’s fix it. I agree. How can I help? I’m not with you. @KA_Nicholas 10
  11. 11. @KA_Nicholas 11
  12. 12. @KA_Nicholas 12 Wait, what does it mean to fix it?
  13. 13. 1. We reach zero emissions of fossil CO2 by 2045. 2. We cut emissions in half in the next decade. 3. We do 1+2 while protecting people and nature. @KA_Nicholas 13 My definition of fixing climate change:
  14. 14. 1. We reach zero emissions of fossil CO2 by 2045. 2. We cut emissions in half in the next decade. 3. We do 1+2 while protecting people and nature. @KA_Nicholas 14 Why zero?
  15. 15. @KA_Nicholas 15 To stabilize temperature, we must stop adding CO2 to the atmosphere
  16. 16. @KA_Nicholas 16 To stabilize temperature, we must stop adding CO2 to the atmosphere
  17. 17. 1. We reach zero emissions of fossil CO2 by 2045. 2. We cut emissions in half in the next decade. 3. We do 1+2 while protecting people and nature. @KA_Nicholas 17 Why now?
  18. 18. There’s very little safe space left for carbon in the atmosphere @KA_Nicholas 18
  19. 19. There’s very little safe space left for carbon in the atmosphere BBCNews,3November2006 @KA_Nicholas 19
  20. 20. We need to go from exponential emissions… @KA_Nicholas 20 Stocker et al., 2014, IPCC WG1 TS
  21. 21. @KA_Nicholas 21 Stocker et al., 2014, IPCC WG1 TS …to zero emissions in my lifetime… We need to go from exponential emissions… …and cut the first half in the next decade.
  22. 22. “That doesn’t leave much time for dilly-dallying.” The Princess Bride, 1987 @KA_Nicholas 22
  23. 23. “What are our liabilities?” The Princess Bride, 1987 @KA_Nicholas 23
  24. 24. A few prominent science deniers “We certainly contribute…is there climate change? Yeah. Will it change back, like this? Probably, that’s what I think.” –Donald Trump, 4 Nov 2018 @KA_Nicholas 24
  25. 25. Fossil fuel interests are rich & powerful https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_companies_by_revenue @KA_Nicholas 25
  26. 26. Fossil interests defend +3°C world Hannah Waters, Audubon.org, 2 Nov 2018 @KA_Nicholas 26 Washington State’s carbon tax lost yesterday
  27. 27. Government recommendations don’t focus on high-impact actions Wynes & Nicholas, 2017, Environmental Research Letters @KA_Nicholas 27
  28. 28. “The Media” Trump 60% Climatechange 5% Business 38% Analysis of 1,500 US (7) + Canadian (1) hurricane stories over 2 weeks by Prof. Jennifer Good, September 2017 @KA_Nicholas 28 doesn’t talk about climate change enough Font size scaled to frequency of use, with “Media” as baseline “climate change” is 5%
  29. 29. Gapminder/Dollar Street The world today is unequal and unsustainable @KA_Nicholas
  30. 30. “What are our assets?” The Princess Bride, 1987 @KA_Nicholas 30
  31. 31. We already have so many solutions!! @KA_Nicholas 31 http://www.kimnicholas.com/we-can-fix-it-world-cafe.html
  32. 32. http://www.mission2020.global/@KA_Nicholas 32
  33. 33. Sweden: Net Zero by 2045 (85% reduced emissions) @KA_Nicholas 33 Guardian, 3 Feb 2017
  34. 34. Gapminder/Dollar Street We can cut emissions in half and maintain good quality of life Top 10% income individuals* = 36% total global emissions *$8405/pp/year; 6272 SEK/month (Hubacek et al., 2017, Energy, Ecology & Environment) @KA_Nicholas
  35. 35. Where should I start? @KA_Nicholas Chen et al., 2018, Nature Communications
  36. 36. Where emissions are now high Emissions reductions on any level are good & different people can contribute in different ways & places @KA_Nicholas Personal At work Where we live The system
  37. 37. What should I do in the world? @KA_Nicholas 37 What am I good at? What do I like to do? What matters to me? Do this! More free life advice! Kimnicholas.com/blog FUNSKILL MEANING
  38. 38. So what can I do? 1. Cut your own carbon footprint in half. 2. Work with others to cut your school, neighborhood, … carbon footprint in half. 3. Work for system change. @KA_Nicholas 38 Photo: Paradis Photographs, Flickr Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech
  39. 39. So what can I do? 1. Cut your own carbon footprint in half. 2. Work with others to cut your school, neighborhood, … carbon footprint in half. 3. Work for system change. @KA_Nicholas 39 Photo: Paradis Photographs, Flickr
  40. 40. High-impact climate actions: meat, car, & flight-free; 1 fewer child Wynes & Nicholas, 2017, Environmental Research Letters Graphic by Catrin Jakobsson @KA_Nicholas
  41. 41. Budget for household emissions for <2° in 2050: 2.1 tons/person/year in 2050 (Girod et al., 2013) Wynes & Nicholas, 2017, Environmental Research Letters Graphic by Catrin Jakobsson @KA_Nicholas
  42. 42. Daily choices on mobility, food & energy save emissions today Wynes & Nicholas, 2017, Environmental Research Letters Graphic by Catrin Jakobsson @KA_Nicholas
  43. 43. Look for ways to cut your family’s flying, driving, meat in half (or more!) @KA_Nicholas 43 Sitra.fi “100 smart ways” (det finns även på svenska)
  44. 44. Reproductive choices today with rich lifestyles have enormous carbon legacy Wynes & Nicholas, 2017, Environmental Research Letters Graphic by Catrin Jakobsson @KA_Nicholas
  45. 45. So what can I do? 1. Cut your own carbon footprint in half. 2. Work with others to cut your school, neighborhood, … carbon footprint in half. 3. Work for system change. @KA_Nicholas 45 Photo: Paradis Photographs, Flickr
  46. 46. @KA_Nicholas 46
  47. 47. Zero-emissions cities are healthier @KA_Nicholas 47 https://www.lu.se/article/minskade-avgaser-skulle-radda-malmobor
  48. 48. Make tasty plant-based food the norm @KA_Nicholas 48
  49. 49. Wynes & Donner, 2018, Action Plan, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions report
  50. 50. Teach high-impact climate actions @KA_Nicholas http://www.kimnicholas.com/responding-to-climate-change.html Developed by Seth Wynes, Lund MSc student and high school chemistry teacher 50
  51. 51. So what can I do? 1. Cut your own carbon footprint in half. 2. Work with others to cut your school, neighborhood, … carbon footprint in half. 3. Work for system change. @KA_Nicholas 51 Photo: Paradis Photographs, Flickr
  52. 52. Demand change from leaders
  53. 53. @KA_Nicholas 53
  54. 54. https://service.lund.se/Citizen/Proposal#proposal/346 Petition for Lunds kommun carbon budget
  55. 55. Prevent fossil fuel infrastructure @KA_Nicholas 55 Guardian, 8 November 2017
  56. 56. Legal cases are being heard- and winning @KA_Nicholas 56
  57. 57. Climate change sucks. Let’s fix it. A choose-your-own-adventure story @KA_Nicholas Twine under development- beta testers wanted! 57
  58. 58. So what can I do? 1. Cut your own carbon footprint in half. 2. Work with others to cut your school, neighborhood, … carbon footprint in half. 3. Work for system change. @KA_Nicholas 58 Photo: Paradis Photographs, Flickr Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech
  59. 59. Thank you! kimnicholas.com @KA_Nicholas @KA_Nicholas

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