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Why I am doing this?

It’s become nearly impossible to watch the news or scroll through social media without seeing headlines about global warming and climate change. The problem is that there is so much information – and misinformation – out there that it’s hard to know what to believe.

Personally, I find it both scary and frustrating that there are still people who refuse to believe that we are in the midst of a climate crisis.

I want to use my skills and experience to help push forward Green and Clean technology.

I am not 100% sure how this will pan out but following agile principles, I intend to research areas and iterate until I find out what works. This site and my posts will be a reflection of the topics that interest me and the reasons why I am doing this.

We need to act now!

It’s important to understand that climate change is real. It’s happening right now, and it’s being caused by human activity. There’s no denying the science on this – the evidence is overwhelming. I have an infographic (free to distribute) in one of my blog posts covering the top causes of global warming.

Global warming and climate change are not the same things. Global warming refers to the gradual increase in the Earth’s average surface temperature, while climate change encompasses both global warming and other changes to the Earth’s climate, like alterations in precipitation levels.

The main cause of global warming is the release of greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide and methane, into the atmosphere. These gases trap heat and prevent it from escaping into space, causing the Earth’s temperature to rise.

Climate change is already having a major impact on our planet. The Earth’s average global temperature has risen by at least 1.1° Celsius (1.9° Fahrenheit) since 1880, and it is projected to increase by another 2 to 4 degrees over the next century.

This may not sound like much, but it is already causing the Earth’s glaciers and ice sheets to melt, which is leading to rising sea levels. Additionally, more extreme weather events are becoming more common as a result of climate change. Heatwaves, droughts, and floods are all happening with greater frequency and intensity than they did in the past. And as the Earth’s temperature continues to rise, these events are only expected to become more common and more severe.

Climate change is also having a devastating impact on the world’s ecosystems. As temperatures rise, many plants and animals are being forced to move to new areas where they can find the conditions they need to survive.

There are some sitting on the fence (or head in the sand) and one of the biggest arguments I hear against taking action to reduce carbon emissions is that it would be too costly for businesses and society (and the alternatives won’t be costly?!).

I’ve seen firsthand how investing in green technology can actually save businesses money while also helping to protect the environment, from the reduction of miles driven by fleets of vehicles saving fuel to the introduction of smart energy solutions (in the home and for large business) to help understand energy consumption to make better and informed choices.

So why listen to me? I’m not a scientist, but I am an experienced technologist with a passion to do good. I want to do all I can to ensure the lives of my family and future generations – and I admit I am still working out how best to do this. In the meantime, I continue to do a lot of reading (including books that have helped in my tech role), and I will share with you what I think is helpful to cut through some of the crap misinformation out there.

The latest IPCC report states that we need to take “urgent and unprecedented” action to combat climate change. The good news is that there are things we can all do to help.

Top 10 causes of Global Warming Infographic