Climate change…what does it mean?

What can I do?

This fantastic video by Greener Scotland (Scottish Government) gives a fantastic explanation to Climate Change. For more info visit

Imagine you are in a spaceship, a desert island, end of the world movie (zombies optional). We’ve all watched them, the scenario is generally the same. Food rationing, conserving of resources or being just seconds away from disaster when all is saved. Could you imagine being on that spaceship battling to get back to planet earth and burning all your fuel to keep warm instead of using it to get home? Of course not. But that’s kind of what we are doing with our planet. We’re using up all of our resources at the same time as actually burning them and releasing fumes into the atmosphere which are warming up Earth and causing more harm.

Want to know how much of your share of Earth’s resources you are using and calculate your personal carbon footprint? Click on the link below:

In 2018 a report came from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) regarding the increase of global temperature by 1.5oC above preindustrial levels and the impact on the environment caused by this. This increase is currently likely to happen between 2030 and 2052 if current levels of carbon emissions continue. An increase of just 2oC could see the destruction of coral reefs, a rise in sea levels so that many small islands will be lost or at risk of severe weather such as tsunamis.

The report clearly links lifestyle choices with global warming. It suggests that alongside changes on government policy and investment in clearer energies and renewables, the individual person can help by being aware of how their behaviour helps attribute to the rise in global temperature and modify it.

 At the Thurso Grows project, we aim to help further this conversation in our own community with information on what the individual can do to lower their own carbon emissions.

The Earth's climate has changed many times in response to natural factors. But over the course of the last century we have seen an unusual rise in the average global temperature that can not be explained by natural causes alone. Here we explain what aspects of our climate are changing and what may be causing these changes.