7 Things About the Climate That You Don’t Need to Stress About

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and it can often feel overwhelming. While there are many difficult, complex challenges to address, it’s important to remember that not everything is a cause for concern. Here are seven things about the climate that you don’t need to stress about, giving you some peace of mind in these uncertain times:

1. More People Care About the Climate Than You Realise 

You might feel isolated in your concerns about the climate, but the reality is that a significant number of people worldwide share your sentiments. According to research from Our World in Data, public support for climate action is growing globally. 86% of people surveyed across 63 countries “believe” in climate change and a further 72% supported policies to tackle it.  

This collective awareness and concern mean that more minds and resources are being dedicated to solving climate-related issues. Knowing you’re not alone can be a comforting thought and a reminder that collective action is powerful. 

Did you know: 85% of people are concerned about climate change and so are likely open to talk about it

2. You Can Binge Watch TV Series Without Major Guilt 

In the digital age, many of us enjoy binge-watching our favourite TV series. The good news is that the carbon footprint of streaming services is relatively low. Advances in technology and energy efficiency mean that data centres, which power these services, are becoming more sustainable with many of us also switching to renewable energy. TVs and laptops are also getting more efficient even as they get larger. So, while it’s always good to be mindful of screen time, you don’t need to feel guilty about occasionally indulging in a marathon viewing session of your favourite show. 

As an example research from the IEA found that streaming 1 hour of Netflix emits just 0.02 kg of carbon for someone watching in the UK on a 50 inch TV. It’s even less on laptops. And to put 0.02 kg in context – it’s equivalent to driving just over 150 meters in a petrol car. 

Want to binge even more? Switch to renewables at home as electricity for devices is the largest part of your streaming footprint. If you’d like to find out much more about your carbon footprint and find steps to live more sustainably head over to Giki Zero for a free carbon footprint survey with over 150 ideas to make a change. 

3. Renewables Are Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels 

One of the biggest things you don’t need to stress about is whether or not we’ll make the shift towards renewable energy. Renewable energy sources, like wind and solar, have become cheaper than fossil fuels in many parts of the world. This is true both for new plants or compared to coal and gas fired power stations that are already up and running.  

This price drop means that it makes more sense to invest in renewables than fossil fuel alternatives. Which is one of the key reasons that renewables are growing over 50% each year. Are we going fast enough? No. But the trend away from fossil fuels is not only possible but inevitable.  

Did you know: In 2023 the cost of solar and wind power was half that of coal and gas.

4. Companies Around the World Are Required to Report on Sustainability 

The European Union has implemented regulations that require companies to report on their sustainability practices. This includes setting targets and regularly updating their progress. These regulations ensure that businesses are held accountable for their environmental impact and are actively working towards more sustainable operations.  

This transparency helps consumers make informed choices and encourages companies to adopt greener practices. Knowing that large corporations are mandated to report and improve their sustainability efforts can alleviate some of the stress about the overall environmental impact of big business. Whilst EU are in the lead there are other countries following suit, so expect to see more of this. 

 5. Spending Time in Nature Won’t Increase Your Carbon Footprint 

Enjoying the great outdoors is one of the simplest pleasures that comes with virtually no negative impact on the environment. Walking, hiking, and spending time in nature not only contribute to your physical and mental well-being but also have a negligible carbon footprint. Nature activities do not require the consumption of fossil fuels, and they help foster a greater appreciation for the environment. So, next time you feel the weight of climate concerns, take a walk in the park or a hike in the mountains, knowing you’re not contributing to the problem. 

 6. Being Green Doesn’t Mean You Have to Wear Sandals and Make Your Own Clothes

There’s a stereotype that living sustainably means adopting a minimalist, do-it-yourself lifestyle, complete with homemade clothes and sandals. However, the rise of sustainable fashion brands means you can make environmentally friendly choices without sacrificing style or convenience. By using sustainable materials, and ethical labour practices, you can look good, feel good, and do good for the planet, all at the same time.  

Even better than buying new is buying second hand, giving older clothes a longer life and avoiding the materials and manufacturing needed for new stuff. With the rise of second hand apps, and high street vintage stores, choosing second hand is now seen as a first choice around much of the world.  

Did you know: 70% want to know how the brands they shop from contribute to social & environmental issues

 7. Mainly Plant-Based Gets You Most Of The Way There 

Going fully vegan can seem daunting, but the good news is that you don’t have to commit to a completely plant-based diet to make a positive impact. Switching to a mainly plant based diet can get you to over 75% of the carbon savings compared to going full vegan. 

Many people find that reducing their meat and dairy consumption, rather than eliminating it entirely, is a more manageable and sustainable approach. This flexibility makes it easier to make lasting changes to your eating habits without feeling deprived. Plus more plant-based meals is not only beneficial for the environment but also delicious and nutritious. 

Did you know: Eating plant based meals twice a day cuts your carbon emissions by over 30%

None of these 7 reasons means that we should not all be doing everything we can to cut carbon and avoid the worsening effect of climate change. But sometimes it’s good to know that there are many positive things going on too.  

We know what we need to do, now we just need the will to do it.