I apologise in advance to my international readers but tonight’s post is about a new television program which was launched in Australia on Tuesday evening. While it focuses on Australia, the necessity for every one of us to reduce our carbon footprint is real, regardless of where we live.
The 3-part series, ‘Fight for Planet A’ tackles the issue of carbon emissions.
The same team produced ‘War on Waste’, the first series of which aired a little over 3 years ago and spawned numerous ‘War on Waste’ Facebook groups. Many of these groups continue to be active and attract people who are keen to reduce their waste. This ranges from single-use plastics such as straws and bottled water to food waste and non-recyclable packaging.
However, you can’t see carbon emissions piling up on the beach, littering the side of the road or evident in huge landfills or stockpiles of recyclables collected but not recycled.
So, how will viewers respond to this new program?
This precise question is eloquently put in the following quote from a report in the Australian edition of ‘The Guardian’ on Tuesday.
“Over three episodes, the team that made the ABC’s highly successful War on Waste delve into the more abstract but urgent issue of carbon emissions, and with it a vital question: how do you convince Australians that something they cannot see represents their greatest existential threat?”
The full article is available here.
There is no single answer to reducing carbon emissions. It must be a joint effort of government, business and individual actions. There is no point in everyone trying to pin the blame on another group, person or sector. It is time for each of us to stop and consider how even the smallest actions can collectively make a difference.
If you want to watch (or rewatch) the first episode it is available on iView here.
An effort to reduce our personal carbon footprint underpins many of the everyday decisions I make.
Please share your own experiences and challenges in the comments.