I saw this tweet “When your grandchildren ask you what YOU have done to help stop #ClimateChange, what will you say? Nothing?” from @WilliamNB today
and so I thought about it. Hopefully it will be quite a few more years before we have any grandchildren to ask this, but anyway.
- Since getting married 24 years ago I have only flown once for a holiday (4 of us to Jersey to visit my sister). Jane twice flew to join me in Copenhagen when I working there a lot.
- For the last 7 years neither Jane nor I have flown at all
- For around 15 years of my working life I did a lot of flying (more than 12 trips a year), mostly but not exclusively around Europe and the Middle East. Although I also implemented an international email network (before the internet was available) which saved a number of flights.
- Apart from a period of about 5 years we have never had more one car. That 5 years was when I was a minister in Raunds, Northamptonshire. Public transport was very limited and both Jane and I needed to travel for work.
- In the last two years we have reduced our annual mileage to around 15,000 which is still much higher than we would like.
- We have gradually increased the amount we cycle instead of drive. I do all my local work by bike and Jane does as much as she can.
- We have provided our sons with practical bikes and encouraged them to walk or cycle
- As I am a minister we have a house provided by the Church. That limits our options. However, we always buy the best rated appliances and preferably ones with a good track record for reliability. We pay through the nose for contracts to keep them running rather than simply replace them even when that would be cheaper.
- Our own home has been insulated to a high standard with efficient boiler installed and maintained.
- We try hard to recycle and compost as much as we can.
So we are not amazing but are trying. No doubt could do better.