The Climate and Me: Working together to help the planet

In November, senior leaders from almost every country are due to meet in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt for one of the most important meetings for the future of our world. It’s the annual UN COP – the meeting where countries come together to see how they are progressing towards the target of limiting climate change. 

With droughts, wildfires, and heatwaves cascading, it’s clear that progress is limited. That’s why the theme of this year’s COP is “Together for Implementation”. Or put simply, time for action. 

As country leaders gather to talk about the climate, it’s easy to feel that the solution is “for them to sort out”.  What we do as individuals matters. 

If you’re wondering what impact you can make as a citizen on a global crisis, then we’ve put together the ultimate guide on how everyday choices made by ordinary people hold the key to our efforts to reduce emissions and find more sustainable solutions.

The key take-home is one of certainty and urgency. It is very clear from the science, and the changing climate, that we all need to everything we can, as quickly as possible to address the causes of climate change. With almost three in four global greenhouse gas emissions coming from households, this includes action not just from policymakers and businesses but also from people – that means every single one of us!

Our mission is to empower people with the knowledge and tools to reduce carbon and transform our world, step by step, which is why we put a guide together that will:

  • Explain what COP27 is and why the process is so important and relevant to every citizen 
  • The four goals of COP27 and how you can get involved 
  • Save costs and cut carbon at home and work 
  • How every individual can get involved in helping achieve the aims of COP27. 

But your impact doesn’t need to stop there. 

Use your voice and influence to encourage your employer, community, friends, and colleagues to follow your lead in living more sustainably and raise awareness of those more vulnerable to climate change.

Share your Giki score across socials (don’t forget to tag us and use the hashtags #whatsyournumber and #ThinkCarbon) and challenge someone to find theirs. You could even turbocharge your impact on the world and send Giki Zero Pro to your Green Team, Sustainability lead or People lead at work. 

As the Egyptian Minster for the Environment has put it, “COP27 is the COP for action”.