Community cohesion: To inspire and support people from all sectors of the community to prepare for a Greyton that is sustainable, equitable and self-reliant.
Promotion of awareness: To provide information about the global factors that that make preparedness a vital necessity and the opportunities to support that process.
Energy descent: To raise awareness about global warming and energy depletion and find ways to reduce our collective and individual carbon footprint.
Localisation of the economy: To promote the production and consumption of local produce by and for Greyton and, in so doing, create local employment and reduce carbon food miles.
Sustainable food production: To promote organic, free-range and ethically produced food that is healthy for people and the planet.
Waste reduction: To promote the reducing, recycling and re-using of waste.
The Earth Hour Project explains more:
How does climate change occur
A continuous flow of energy from the sun heats the Earth. Naturally occurring gases in the atmosphere, known as greenhouse gases, trap this heat like a blanket, keeping the Earth at an average of 15 degrees Celsius – warm enough to sustain life. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the most significant of these gases. The amount of naturally produced CO2 is almost perfectly balanced by the amount naturally removed through photosynthesis and its dissolution in oceans. However, the overuse of fossil fuels is leading to increased CO2 in the atmosphere, trapping more and more heat and warming the Earth.
As a result, we’re seeing more dramatic weather patterns across the globe. The effects of Earth’s changing weather not only cause devastating natural disasters but shrinking of the world’s ice shelves and glaciers due to warming sea water. Because ice acts as a solar reflector, the less ice there is the less heat the Earth reflects.
Why is climate change happening?
There’s more than a 90% probability that human activities over the last 250 years have warmed the planet. That’s according to the 2007 Assessment Report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – an organisation made up of thousands of independent scientists worldwide.
Likewise, WWF’s Living Planet Report, concludes that humanity’s over consumption of animal products, material goods, fossil fuels, and non-renewable resources is putting a huge toll on the planet, exceeding its capacity to sustain us.
Forests absorb and remove CO2 from the atmosphere. So areas undergoing excessive deforestation experience higher carbon emissions.
Agriculture is the second largest greenhouse gas emitter after fossil fuels. Methane produced by livestock, manure management, the burning of savannah, and the conversion of forests to pasture land are all major sources of greenhouse gas emissions.
Lester Brown, a US environmental analyst and president and founder of the Earth Policy Institute, has been studying the effects of unsustainable development and resource use for decades. This adapted documentary narrated by Matt Damon from Brown’s book Plan B 3.0 gives an in depth look at the imminent crisis caused by climate change and the effects it will have on the environment, wildlife, our cities, resources and economy.
How can we be more sustainable?
WWF’s Energy Report provides a realistic scenario of what the world could be like in 2050, running wholly on renewable energy.
Read the WWF report here