“Things are going to get uncomfortable” says Neil Kitching regarding the impact of climate change. Geographer and Energy Specialist, Neil finished his book during lockdown by writing a few hours everyday.
His book, Carbon Choices: Common-sense Solutions to our Climate and Nature Crises, is 322 pages of detailed explanations of what the climate crisis is, how it will affect society, and how we can mitigate the impact that we have on the environment in our own lives.
The book itself takes a wide holistic approach looking at what can be done by individuals and society at large, through a mix of disciplines including science, politics, and geography, among others.
Brig Newspaper asked the Dunblane author a few questions about Climate Change and where changes to a more sustainable future will come from:
How do you think the climate will look like within the next few decades?
“All predictions are for us to get warmer and wetter, I think these predictions are fairly reliable as long as there is no catastrophic change like the gulf stream changing its strength and course dramatically.”
“In 20 years, I expect a warmer climate, hotter summers and warmer winters with much less snow, snow will become the exception for most at sea level. There will be much heavier rain fall, so more flooding in the summers and in the winters, summer flash floods and in winter more prolonged rainfall.”
Will changes to combat overconsumption come from businesses or individuals?
“The change is going to come from a bit of both, I think businesses will change faster than the public does, and when the public realises the implications of climate change there will be changes, such as our diets.”
“Whether we will choose to consume less, I don’t know, it’s not an issue that politicians like to talk about but, to me, it’s the missing thing that’s not talked about by the Climate Change Act (or change to politicians), we should reduce the physical quantity of stuff we actually buy and then dispose of.”
“That’s got to be done by individuals asking and doing it, but also by business offering products that last longer.”
Do you think the public need to pressure large companies to change goods to more sustainable versions?
“Absolutely, I think groups of individuals ganging together and writing or pressurising these big companies can have a major effect, some of these companies get away with murder almost but when they realise that through social-media they are in the public’s eye I think it makes a big difference.”
“There have been a lot of campaigns but there should be more, I think a lot of these campaigns focus on multinationals but there are a lot of medium-sized companies that aren’t under any pressure to change.”
“Sometimes these companies aren’t really aware of the issues or think that the public don’t care. The more grassroot movements the better.”
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