Can an individual personal make a difference to climate change?

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Can an individual personal make a difference to climate change?

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg quiet_horse | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    03 Jun 2019

    I think that an individual can bring new ideas, start different protests etc. So an individual can encourage a large group of people. But you need a group for people to notice you. I’m not saying that one person is not enough. I’m saying that the more people there are joining a campaign or a protest, the more people will notice and the more effective it will be.

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    1. New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg generous_recipe | New Horizons Children's Academy
      quiet_horse's comment 04 Jun 2019

      I think a group of people can make a difference to climate change because after all the protests and complaints made by the general public nothing (much) has happened. These protests are about making the bigger people hear their reasons, so I would ask why can't they do it themselves? Because they can't. They (the general public) are not incharge of the 100 companies that creates 70% of greenhouse gases, neither are the larger people. However, because they are bigger this means they still have some influence on what action is taken. I don't think one person can solve this crises: we have tried turning off electricity when it is not in use, but what if only one person did that? Nothing would change.

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      1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
        generous_recipe's comment 04 Jun 2019

        It seems like you're arguing that the group of protesters haven't made a difference. Can you explain what the potential good consequences of mass protest are. Perhaps finding an example where protest has led to change will help.

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  • Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg proactive_cheetah | Bruntcliffe Academy
    04 Jun 2019

    In my opinion if the individual's words are heard and evaluated then change could occur

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg busy_song | Michael Faraday School
    04 Jun 2019

    In my opinion, I believe that it depends whether an individual personal can make a difference to climate change.
    The reason why I believe this is that if one individual person, who is a normal citizen, would be able to make a small difference but not much of a massive difference. The world population is 7,714,576,923 people. This means that one person out of 7,714,576,923 people wouldn’t make that much of a difference since it is a minority of people who are working at it but since Climate Change is happening all across the world with billions of people enhancing the toxic greenhouse gases by:

    • Cars
    • Factory fumes
    • Fossil fuels

    It would be impossible for one normal citizen to prevent even one of these main causes from happening and it would not be a significant difference either. However, this individual could make a significant difference to Climate Change. The individual could (as well as making the world better by making small differences) could persuade and join lots of friends, family members and many more people to protest peacefully in the streets and this will give a clear instruction to all the governments, prime ministers, presidents and secretaries to stop Climate Change immediately.

    Other individuals could make an enormous impact to Climate Change such as Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un, Vladimir Putin and many more. If they were one of the individual people, they could stop their massive manufacturing businesses, inform their country about it and make strict rules and regulations and even in a country like the USA, stopping Climate Change could be extremely helpful and could make a substantial impact of a few degrees lower. If all the country’s governments were able to reduce the greenhouse gases, then we could definitely make a massive impact.

    My reasons and evidence shows that an individual person can make a huge impact no matter if they are a normal
    citizen protesting and causing awareness or a powerful leader making stricter laws and regulation for their country. Nevertheless, I believe that a powerful leader could make a bigger and effective impact since a protest could be successful but it could also be unsuccessful since leaders and citizens might not want to listen and consider this idea. If the individual was a leader of a government, then they could make strict rules and regulations, ensuring that nobody will disobey them.

    In my opinion, there are three different types of individuals can help to overcome Climate Change. They are:

    • How popular and how powerful that person is and use that popularity and power to overcome Climate Change

    • How wealthy the individual is and is he or she willing to use his/her wealth in order to fight Climate Change

    • A normal person can use their time and knowledge using Social Media to join as much people as possible to give a
    message across and get help from everyone to overcome Climate Change

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      busy_song's comment 05 Jun 2019

      Thanks for your comment! I've given it a star for your clear reasons. Although, I am sceptical about what you say about leaders. Have you made any assumptions about the kind of agendas these people might have? Do you think we can rely on these powerful individuals to make a positive difference? What factors might prevent them from wanting to do this?

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      1. Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg busy_song | Michael Faraday School
        Olivia @ the BNC's comment 09 Jun 2019

        I believe that (considering what you have said), it is mostly unlikely for some of the very powerful leaders to act responsibly towards Climate Change. People, as I have mentioned previously, such as Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin have been (instead of preventing Climate Change) causing Climate Change. They have been making nuclear weapons and have been trading their products with other countries using their massive manufacturing industries (the main produce for the toxic greenhouse gases). Most of these leaders pretend that they do not even believe in Climate Change but think of the wealth that they make from the factories, even though those factories produce many greenhouse gases; this has been going on for years and years. The reason why they pretend that they do not believe it is that it will affect their manufacturing industries meaning that they cannot trade and sell their items to other countries; this means less money and business.

        I believe that we need someone who is more caring and considerate for Climate Change meaning that there will actually be a massive change if they are a powerful person such as a prime minister or a president. If there are campaigns, there could be people volunteering to be MPs who are focusing on Climate Change. For the general elections, people will want to vote for the environmentally friendly MP as to vote for someone like Donald Trump or Vladimir Putin. Then the current presidents and prime ministers (like Donald Trump) will be pressurised to face Climate Change and try to prevent it by less greenhouse gases and pollution or he could be out of power himself. If they do not listen, we can elect new members voted by the public in the new general election and the democratically voted leaders can make a difference to Climate Change.

        Only a handful of powerful leaders in the world pretend that Climate Change is a hoax because they think only short-term benefit, to make wealth from factories and burning fossil fuels (producing many greenhouse gases), which pollute the Earth and ignoring the future generation. However, most of the powerful leaders in the world have already joined together to make over hundreds of organisations to tackle Climate Change, who are really thinking about our future generations.

        An example: 125 countries will be represented by their heads of state and government or deputies at the global Climate Summit in New York on September 23, 2014 to make a real difference to tackle Climate Change and they held the summit every year gathering world leaders. Another example is the Paris climate conference in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal called “Paris Agreement”, which all the leaders who attended the summit, who signed that agreement and implement it to make the world a better place, working hard to reduce greenhouse gases.

        Some of the people in charge (like Kim Jong Un) cannot be stopped since in his presidency, men from his family has been ruling the country for over 70 years and there are no general elections for a new leader in charge. However, if we can pressurise people like Donald Trump or Vladimir Putin (who are voted by the public), they will become environmentally friendly and this means that when Kim Jong Un wants to create a trade deal with them, then they will refuse unless it is not producing greenhouse gases or was produced from manufacturing industries (which also causes Climate Change). After, Kim Kong Un will be forced to stop Climate Change as well.

        To conclude, I believe that some of the present leaders, presidents and prime ministers are doing absolutely nothing about Climate Change but are causing it by their manufacturing; we must think of how to not quickly use all the fossil fuels and make greenhouse gases but use alternative methods for manufacturing goods using scientific knowledge. Nevertheless, the next generation of people can have campaigns and eventually become a leader or pressurise one to cause awareness for Climate Change.

        https://www.theclimategroup.org/news/un-releases-full-list-125-world-leaders-who-will-be-attending-climate-summit
        https://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/international/negotiations/paris_en

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg grounded_vegetable | Noel Park Primary School
    07 Jun 2019

    i choose yes because it will impact on other people and change their ideas about climate change

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg authentic_moon | Noel Park Primary School
    07 Jun 2019

    Yes because if we be good to nature and then we like plant all the rotten flowers and make sure that if we all do something good then we will take care of the earth, for eg, if we see a bunch of rotten plants we will plant them and make sure that we know that it is fully grown back to how it was nice and beautiful

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg amusing_impression | Noel Park Primary School
    07 Jun 2019

    I think yes because what can we do in the face of a climate emergency? Are you saying that we should drive less? Or walk less or even not cycling anymore.

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg outstanding_wolf | Richmond Hill Academy
    07 Jun 2019

    Yes an individual person can cause climate change because of the trees ,trees breathe in carbohydrates and breathe out oxygen but the more trees we cut down the more our planet will be in danger if there are more carbohydrates and they come to our ozone layer all of us will suffocate and die so that is why people say don’t cut down trees but if you look at both sides of the argument we in life need paper to write on so then that is something to think about and also if you cut trees you are destroying animals habitats for an example in some countries they cut trees and sloths are in danger because when they leave it there is a fire with the trees that is actually how some people can relocate and become refugees

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      outstanding_wolf's comment 10 Jun 2019

      Trees breathe in carbon dioxide. Well done for your comment!

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg ineffable_seagull | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C
    10 Jun 2019

    I think the individual person can make a difference because the person can gather other people.The person can get more serious by persuading other people to do something about climate change also the person can get the politics attention and they will take action about it.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg reasoning_lemon | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C
    10 Jun 2019

    People can do it because if you stop a little of power like turn of the light ,
    sometimes you can turn ,of thing that you don't use a lot but everyone should ,
    more come mp it has been since 1990.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg free_panda_bear | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C
    10 Jun 2019

    In my opinion, I believe that it depends whether an individual personal can make a difference to climate change.
    The reason why I believe this is that if one individual person, who is a normal citizen, would be able to make a small difference but not much of a massive difference. The world population is 7,714,576,923 people. This means that one person out of 7,714,576,923 people wouldn’t make that much of a difference since it is a minority of people who are working at it but since Climate Change is happening all across the world with billions of people enhancing the toxic greenhouse gases by using:
    by cars
    by factory emissions

    But yes 1 in a one hundred thousand people could could make a difference by themselves but then when one hundred people separately do their little thing it will accumulate into a large movement a start a chain reaction across the globe and everybody will do there little thing and then it'l accumulate into a huge movement then so on and so forth . 🗑♻🌍🙂.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg receptive_computer | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C
    10 Jun 2019

    I think, one person could make a change of climate change only if they have a good enough reason and everyone agrees

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg curious_squirrel | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C
    10 Jun 2019

    Yes! One person can make a difference for example, Greta Thunberg she went on strike from school and for eight months she sat outside of the swedish parliament and started to protest what started as an individual amongst the crowd turned into a global climate change warrior now like a drop in the ocean known as the ripple effect thousands of people globally are protesting. https://medium.com/.../this-15-year-old-girl-breaks-swedish-law-for-the-climate-d1a4...
    23 Aug 2018 - Greta Thunberg skips school to protest outside Swedish Parliament:

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg benevolent_planet | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C
    10 Jun 2019

    From my point of view, it depends who that person is. If that person is a president or a well trusted and also well known one, people will start to listen to that person. It makes a difference when you are just a normal person walking on the streets. In that situation, you would need support. Greta Thunberg is a different story. Yes, she was a normal school girl, but part from talking on the street and asking people to join her, she done all sorts of thing, so that every single person realises her. She put lot's of effort into it and that's how she achieved it! If i was to be honest, only an important person can make a true and big change!

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg skillful_conversation | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C
    10 Jun 2019

    I think that an individual person can make a difference, because we know it is possible for the girl from last week and we can also protest as well as to encourage scientists.

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  • Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg grateful_blackcurrant | Faringdon Community College
    11 Jun 2019

    Yes because Greta Thunberg went of school to protest and changed billions of minds to help save the planet.

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    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
      grateful_blackcurrant's comment 11 Jun 2019

      Can you give any evidence for a billion minds being changed?

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  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg adventurous_piano | Streatham Wells Primary School A
    11 Jun 2019

    I think yes because Greta Thunberg stopped attending school to protest outside the Swedish government and that influenced everyone else to join her. She has now sent a ripple of hope across the planet and inspiring students worldwide to make a difference. She now speaks in public a lot but dedicates loads of her time protesting. So, with this evidence, I can state that one 16 year old school girl could help bring everyone together. However, I now question the politicians. They say they will do anything and everything that this country needs but, do they actually?

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    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
      adventurous_piano's comment 12 Jun 2019

      Are the protesters really making a difference? What changes have happened because of the protests?

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  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg good_hedgehog | Streatham Wells Primary School A
    12 Jun 2019

    Yes an individual can make a difference to climate change. Not necessarily a good thing someone could make a bad impact on climate change for example getting the vehicle that produces the most carbon dioxide or going on a plane tons of times a year or just leaving the lights on for a long time. But an individual could make a good change for example you could use other and efficient modes of transport buy an electric car or you could get solar panels or use natural light instead of light so everyone can make a difference.

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  • Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg fantastic_duck | Faringdon Community College
    13 Jun 2019

    It depends. Physically? By switching to cleaner energy and trying to be as environmentally friendly as possible? No. This is purely because even if one person completed the impossible task of not contributing to global warming at all (not buying clothes produced or shipped using fossil-fueled machines or transport, not eating beef etc) the problem of global change is so big and caused by so many of us, one person alone cannot make a difference by being eco-friendly. However, I believe (and know due to the amount of examples out there) that an individual really can help to make a difference by one of two main ways: Spreading awareness and research.

    Activists and campaigners.
    I think that an individual can make an extreme difference by encouraging others to try and be more eco-friendly and encouraging governments to change. It is only by working together that we can make a difference and stop our fossil fuel usage etc so it is crucial that people like this spread the word. I wouldn’t even know climate change was an issue if people hadn’t told me and I only found out it was such a big deal and we had such little time to address the issues because of the school walkouts and groups like extinction rebellion.

    Researchers and scientists
    I think researchers and scientists can also make a huge difference, after all these people are why we know about global warming, climate change and how we can deal with it in the first place! Without them we wouldn’t even be talking about climate change as we wouldn’t have the research or have even discovered it. Also scientists can make a huge difference by researching for solutions to our reliance on resources and products that have a negative effect on the environment. For a sustainable future we need quality alternatives to plastics, recycling, renewable energy and so much more. Right now there will be scientists and engineers doing research into electric cars, meaning in the future we can drive in a way that isn’t harming our environment and into how to improve renewable energy so it can work better and cheaper.

    Both scientists and activists have made and will continue to have a huge impact and make a large difference to climate change in the long run and so in this post I wanted to give examples of two people who have had a huge impact on climate change.

    1.Greta Thunberg
    Everyone seems to know Greta Thunberg now, which is the exact reason she is making such a difference, because so many people know her and her movement. At just the age of 15 she protested outside the Swedish parliament, campaigning for the government to do something about climate change. This led from her striking every Thursday alone to a powerful, global movement with ‘an estimated 1.4 million students in 112 countries’ striking and protesting in major cities. Through her perseverance and determination she has created a movement that has attracted attention from the media worldwide and spread the message of climate change throughout the globe. She has made such a large difference because she has inspired millions to strike, spread the word about climate change and I have no doubt that, now this is a well-known issue, something will soon change. Greta is an extraordinary example of an individual who can make a difference to climate change (or will soon now that she has encouraged so many to be passionate about it and take action) but also an extraordinary example of how you can make a difference however young you are: at just the age of 16 she has started a global movement and encouraged millions to be wiser and more knowledgeable of what is happening to our planet.

    2. Alexandre Edmond Becquerel
    This man is far less well known and far older than Greta Thunberg, and despite making his discovery all the way back in 1839 and although he has been for over 120 years, his legacy lives ontop of people’s rooves and in fields around the world- the solar panel. Although he was a long way from our modern solar panels, he discovered ‘the photovoltaic effect which explains how electricity can be generated from sunlight’, enabling this renewable energy source to be used around the world over a hundred years later. ‘He claimed that “shining light on an electrode submerged in a conductive solution would create an electric current.”’. According to C2ES ‘Solar generation is projected to climb from 7 percent of total U.S. renewable generation in 2015 to about 36 percent by 2050, making it the fastest-growing electricity source.’. Without Becquerel inventing the theory, we likely wouldn’t have had this brilliant way of generating energy cleanly today, so this is a man who has had a large difference to climate change, and will have a larger difference as more and more people switch to solar power.

    These are just two of so many examples of people, young and old who have made a huge difference through activism and research, an amazing feat. However, they aren’t making a physical difference they aren’t stopping pollution or helping the world to ‘cool down’; they have just given us and spread the information and tools we need to make a difference as a global community. Just because you helping the environment in little ways (like walking to school, not getting the car, using a reusable water bottle rather than a plastic one etc) doesn’t reach front page news doesn’t mean that what you are doing is irrelevant or unimportant. With the estimated 7,577,130,400 people on earth, your little, every-day changes won’t make a difference to global warming by itself, but it is still incredibly important. This is because, eventually, everyone making little, positive changes will add up and will make a difference. Global warming is a GLOBAL problem, it affects us all and we all need to be better with the way we treat our planet to really make the physical difference to climate change. My point is that we can’t rely on individuals to stop climate change because they physically cannot, they only give us the tools and knowledge to do our part: it is only by everyone doing their fair share that we will be able to actually get climate change back under control and save our planet.

    Sources:
    -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greta_Thunberg
    -https://www.energymatters.com.au/panels-modules/
    -https://www.c2es.org/content/renewable-energy/
    -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmond_Becquerel
    -http://worldpopulationreview.com/

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg secure_hedgehog | Noel Park Primary School
    14 Jun 2019

    Yes an individual person can make a change. It may not be a big one put if everyone does something then the job will get done faster. Things like car gas and carbon dioxide do not help our society so therefore everyone can help make a change

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg marvellous_tree | Noel Park Primary School
    14 Jun 2019

    Yes. Because if one person can make a difference that will encourage other people . As you can see this 15 year old girl called Greta Thunberg has helped climate change a lot recently and has encouraged a whole lot of people

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg fearless_wolverine | Noel Park Primary School
    14 Jun 2019

    I think that that one individual can certainly make a change to climate change. Although you might think, how can one person out of approximately 7.53 billion people (the population of the Earth) possibly make a difference to climate change when everyone else is causing it? Well, one person can definitely make a difference. It might not be a big difference, but it is still a difference. It is a step closer to saving the Earth. There are many ways in which one individual can do this:

    1. By driving cars and motorbikes less often, you won’t release as much carbon monoxide (CO). Walking and cycling more often can make you fitter and healthier. It is also better for the environment since it doesn’t release carbon monoxide.

    2. Even though an individual can’t make a huge difference to climate change, they can still convince others - such as friends and family - to help the environment and change their ways into much better ones. They could even join protests which could be noticed by prime ministers, presidents and governments.

    3. Other more powerful individuals have the power to reduce the amount of factories since they create a lot of pollution. This can make a massive change compared to normal citizens who can only make little changes.

    As you can see, any kind of individual can make a change whether a big one or a small one. If we all decide to help our planet, then it will certainly make a big difference.

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg quickwitted_pie | Noel Park Primary School
    14 Jun 2019

    personally i dont believe that one individual citizen could make an impact on climate change. Seeing the population of the world is 7,714,576,923. You would need a large group, such as: a community, society. Also the company, Consultant - Climate, Resilience and sustainability

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg quickwitted_pie | Noel Park Primary School
    14 Jun 2019

    could help with climate



    With previous post

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg terrific_leopard | Noel Park Primary School
    14 Jun 2019

    Personally, I don't believe that one individual could make a difference on climate change,because if you think about it there are many people in this universe and 1 cant do that much of a change as in good or bad.In advance my reason to this opinion is because its going to be really hard, meaning you would mean probably need a society or a very large group to help.

    To add on to this information, I believe that you could try reach out to different country's and maybe reach out to people you know can help, maybe company's. Also they could potentially collaborate together to have a larger/bigger impact.

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg cultured_atom | Noel Park Primary School
    14 Jun 2019

    By switching to cleaner energy and trying to be as environmentally friendly as possible? No. This is purely because even if one person completed the impossible task of not contributing to global warming at all (not buying clothes produced or shipped using fossil-fueled machines or transport, not eating beef etc) the problem of global change is so big and caused by so many of us, one person alone cannot make a difference by being eco-friendly. However, I believe (and know due to the amount of examples out there) that an individual really can help to make a difference by one of two main ways: Spreading awareness and research.

    Activists and campaigners.
    I think that an individual can make an extreme difference by encouraging others to try and be more eco-friendly and encouraging governments to change. It is only by working together that we can make a difference and stop our fossil fuel usage etc so it is crucial that people like this spread the word. I wouldn’t even know climate change was an issue if people hadn’t told me and I only found out it was such a big deal and we had such little time to address the issues because of the school walkouts and groups like extinction rebellion.

    Researchers and scientists
    I think researchers and scientists can also make a huge difference, after all these people are why we know about global warming, climate change and how we can deal with it in the first place! Without them we wouldn’t even be talking about climate change as we wouldn’t have the research or have even discovered it. Also scientists can make a huge difference by researching for solutions to our reliance on resources and products that have a negative effect on the environment. For a sustainable future we need quality alternatives to plastics, recycling, renewable energy and so much more. Right now there will be scientists and engineers doing research into electric cars, meaning in the future we can drive in a way that isn’t harming our environment and into how to improve renewable energy so it can work better and cheaper.

    Both scientists and activists have made and will continue to have a huge impact and make a large difference to climate change in the long run and so in this post I wanted to give examples of two people who have had a huge impact on climate change.

    1.Greta Thunberg
    Everyone seems to know Greta Thunberg now, which is the exact reason she is making such a difference, because so many people know her and her movement. At just the age of 15 she protested outside the Swedish parliament, campaigning for the government to do something about climate change. This led from her striking every Thursday alone to a powerful, global movement with ‘an estimated 1.4 million students in 112 countries’ striking and protesting in major cities. Through her perseverance and determination she has created a movement that has attracted attention from the media worldwide and spread the message of climate change throughout the globe. She has made such a large difference because she has inspired millions to strike, spread the word about climate change and I have no doubt that, now this is a well-known issue, something will soon change. Greta is an extraordinary example of an individual who can make a difference to climate change (or will soon now that she has encouraged so many to be passionate about it and take action) but also an extraordinary example of how you can make a difference however young you are: at just the age of 16 she has started a global movement and encouraged millions to be wiser and more knowledgeable of what is happening to our planet.

    2. Alexandre Edmond Becquerel
    This man is far less well known and far older than Greta Thunberg, and despite making his discovery all the way back in 1839 and although he has been for over 120 years, his legacy lives ontop of people’s rooves and in fields around the world- the solar panel. Although he was a long way from our modern solar panels, he discovered ‘the photovoltaic effect which explains how electricity can be generated from sunlight’, enabling this renewable energy source to be used around the world over a hundred years later. ‘He claimed that “shining light on an electrode submerged in a conductive solution would create an electric current.”’. According to C2ES ‘Solar generation is projected to climb from 7 percent of total U.S. renewable generation in 2015 to about 36 percent by 2050, making it the fastest-growing electricity source.’. Without Becquerel inventing the theory, we likely wouldn’t have had this brilliant way of generating energy cleanly today, so this is a man who has had a large difference to climate change, and will have a larger difference as more and more people switch to solar power.

    These are just two of so many examples of people, young and old who have made a huge difference through activism and research, an amazing feat. However, they aren’t making a physical difference they aren’t stopping pollution or helping the world to ‘cool down’; they have just given us and spread the information and tools we need to make a difference as a global community. Just because you helping the environment in little ways (like walking to school, not getting the car, using a reusable water bottle rather than a plastic one etc) doesn’t reach front page news doesn’t mean that what you are doing is irrelevant or unimportant.This how we can save our planet

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg champion_duck | Noel Park Primary School
    14 Jun 2019

    From my point of view, it depends who that person is. If that person is a president or a well trusted and also well known one, people will start to listen to that person. It makes a difference when you are just a normal person walking on the streets. In that situation, you would need support. Greta Thunberg is a different story. Yes, she was a normal school girl, but part from talking on the street and asking people to join her, she done all sorts of thing, so that every single person reses her. She put lot's of effort into it and that's how she achieved it! If i was to be honest, only an important person can make a true and big change!

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg cherished_petal | Noel Park Primary School
    14 Jun 2019

    I believe that an individual person can make a difference to climate change because they can convince a huge amount of people and they can all go around and try to stop all things that are a threat to climate change(like try convince people to use electric cars instead of petrol cars), or convince a very important person who can make a huge impact to society and they can try convince everyone to do things that can cause climate change.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg focused_maths | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    18 Jun 2019

    i think a single man or woman can stop this

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    1. Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg champion_seahorse | Birchwood C of E Primary School
      focused_maths's comment 22 Jun 2019

      It would take a lot of time for climate change to end if just one person tryed

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  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg lovely_wildcat | Streatham Wells Primary School A
    19 Jun 2019

    i think that one person can make a difference because if one person did believe something how would it grow if know one said anything ? The first person to believe that, for example,a party were wrong, how would that message get around if he/she didn't say any thing ?

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  • Pimlico-logo-250x250.jpg passionate_planet | Pimlico Primary Academy
    19 Jun 2019

    It's important to convince important people because they can convince other people to help stop climate change.

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  • Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg straightforward_computer | Phoenix Primary School
    20 Jun 2019

    I dont think a person can make much of a diffrence because thier are many people in the world that are poluting the air right now and lots people who are burnig fiers,burning our fossil fules and littering everywere . There is not much that one person out of 7.7 billion people in this world can do to stop climate change unless they can all convince the factories to stop burnig all or fossil fules or to get all the goverments to to do somthing about climate change. My opinion of the queston is no , i think that people should just use thier cars less and walk , stop burnig fiers , stop cutting our trees down and make sure the are not leaving garbige on the floor. 7.7 billion people can make a diffrence to stop climate change from distroying our planet if stop poluting our only planet that provides life.

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  • Notley-Green-logo-250x250.jpg lovely_coyote | Notley Green Primary School
    21 Jun 2019

    in my opinion everything starts with just one person and can lead to a global event. For example, if a single person started a campaign for climate change then others could join this campaign. this could then alert country leaders if the amount was large. They could then do something to help climate change. Greta Thumberg is a marvelous example of this as she started by going on strike and now people listen to her all over the world. Therefore, one person could make a difference.

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  • Notley-Green-logo-250x250.jpg selfassured_starfish | Notley Green Primary School
    21 Jun 2019

    I personally believe that one person can make a difference to climate change. I believe this because if one person either cuts down the amount of plastic they use or the cut down of the amount of energy they use the can influence other people and their ways.

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  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg articulate_situation | Morley Newlands Academy
    21 Jun 2019

    I agree with @selfassured starfish as if you start doing more things involving picking up litter, put things in the bin . If you do thing like this other people will be inspired

    If other people get inspired they will start doing what you do and that is helping the enviroment.

    Talking about the environment, animals could be dying especially the sea world nets get caught on the fish and there was a video saying a straw was u a turtles nose and thanks to those kind people they got it out and that video went viral so a lot of people saw it meaning hopefully they start saving the world like what they did with the turtle


    Thank you .

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg champion_seahorse | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    22 Jun 2019

    I think that people shouid stop driving cars as much because it makes the heat warmer and then it causes things like forest fires. Famers should doing less of chopping trees down because trees provide oxgen to help us breath and so it dosen't too hot outside but the more trees we cut down the hotter it gets and that can also make climate change happen.Also, killing cows can make climate cahange happen because the methane gass there is also other gasses that make climate change happen like greenhouse gass. Fossil fuels make climate change happen and if we don't do something about it it will make lots of animals endangered.

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  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg creative_sparrow | The Ruth Gorse Academy
    23 Jun 2019

    Yes, definitely. It’s all about being educated and once we are all informed, you then become so horrified by what we are doing to the planet, you can’t help but change your ways. I find watching documentaries is more effective in shocking people to change their habits much more than just reading about it. Individually we can all make a difference when we see and understand that we are all part of a collective that have a global impact on the environment, it will shift the society’s behaviour on a much bigger scale. It may mean a simpler life, which is no bad thing, and people will start to not care if they are not wearing the latest fashion trend or have the latest gadget. We can also influence each other’s way of thinking. For example, I’ve been telling my auntie to stop buying the latest cheap, cutesy goods on Amazon, which are shipped and polluting all the way from the likes of China.

    Take a closer look at the fashion industry; it’s the second biggest polluter in the world. If you watch the programme ‘Fashion’s Dirty Secrets’, it will shock you and change your thinking about buying too many clothings that you really don’t need. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0bn6034/stacey-dooley-investigates-fashions-dirty-secrets

    Individual choices do matter. We should all be mindful of waste and energy consumption. Do you know that all wipes (facial wipes, floor wipes etc) are made of plastic? We can all vastly reduce the use of wipes (eg. go back to using flannels). These are all individual small changes but collectively it can add up towards a big change. And, if everybody suddenly decided not to go on holiday by plane, then the government might seriously start to question whether there’s any real need for a third runway in Heathrow.

    However, I believe the biggest damage is done by companies who could change the way they do things, but because they are so driven by profit, they never feel the need to change their production method unless we as individuals or the government, force them to do so (eg. the government could introduce some strict regulations to limit their pollution levels). Individually we all have huge power to increase the pressure to implement action much faster, simply by voting for a political party that is serious about tackling the climate emergency. It’s only then that we will see a much faster and bigger change. And if we all personally chose not to buy products from the companies that pollute the most, it will soon force them to change their old ways once profits go down.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48682493

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg beloved_chocolate | Graveney School
    10 Jul 2019

    I think that one person can make a difference, because one person speaking up can have a huge effect on the world, and one person changing the way the run a business can also make a huge impact. For example, Greta Thunberg is only one person, but by striking off school and sitting outside the Swedish parliament, she has started a worldwide campaign by young people to help the climate, which is actually making a difference, by forcing world leaders to finally do something, and realise the imminent danger. As well as this, if one influential person, such as somebody who runs a business which contributes a lot to global warming, changed their company so that it used more renewable energy, it could make a huge difference, and would just be an individual doing something. This could make a big difference because, if the company is very large, this would stop a lot of carbon emissions, slowing global warming. In addition, even one everyday person can make a difference, by not driving or becoming vegetarian. They could reduce their own emissions, and although this would not cause a drastic change, it would make a small change, and if everyone did this, we could decrease our emissions by a lot. Everybody can make a difference on their own, though some might change more than others, but each helps reduce emissions and, consequently, global warming.

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