After writing an article about building sustainable websites, I have been reading and learning a lot more about sustainability, climate change and net zero carbon plan.

Climate change has been a long debated topic for many years, and somehow I have managed to not get too involved into it. Apparently, there had to be some sort of realisation in my area of expertise before I truly saw what people around me had been debating about all this time.

I haven’t completely ignored debates about climate change, but I must admit that I haven’t put too much thought into it during my lifetime. Now that I have been putting a little bit more thought into it, I can see that my daily habits and decisions in my everyday life are quite environmentally friendly I would say. But there is always more room for improvement.

🌍   What is climate change in short?

In short, when talking about climate change, we usually refer to the rapid increase in temperatures across the globe.

🌻   What is the net zero carbon plan?

The net zero carbon plan is a long term strategy in EU where all parts of society and economic sectors will play a role to reach the goal of keeping the global temperature increase to well below 2°C and pursue efforts to keep it to 1.5°C.

🌳   What sustainability means?

Sustainability is usually about meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future.

🌱   How I got started with climate change?

While rebuilding and optimising my website I realised the fact that there is a huge impact on energy consumption by choosing the right technologies when building computer systems and doing so in the most efficient way. Every single byte that travels through the internet requires energy, which has to be generated somewhere.

Building sustainable websites is one of the simple efforts I am doing myself to meet the net zero carbon plan by EU, which aims to fix the rapid temperature increase is climate change.

While optimising my website to be more environmentally friendly served as a trigger for me to start thinking about my actions and habits in more detail, I realised there is already many things I consider myself doing quite well already.

Some of the things I am quite happy about my own habits in the eyes of the climate change are:

  • Driving a hybrid car
  • Eating 95% plant based food
  • Using renewable energy source in my home

I know driving a hybrid car is not something many would consider as a thing to be proud of, but as someone who cannot live without a car, I do take pride in choosing even a little bit more environmentally friendly option when I bought my Hyundai Ioniq. I have the 2018 version which consumes around 3.5 liters of gas per 100 kilometers.

When I bought my Hyundai Ioniq 2018 model in March of 2020, just before the pandemic started, I wasn’t yet ready to jump into EVs. However, I am quite certain that my next vehicle will be EV.

I also did a nice carbon footprint test in this website, which gave me a result of having a 3900 kilograms of CO2 per year, while average being 7000 kilograms.

Whenever I get excited about a new topic I want to learn about, such as climate change and how to fight against it, I typically try to explore books, blogs and podcasts about the topic.

The best climate change podcast

As I wanted to learn more about climate change and things related to it, I wanted to find a good podcast about it. This is how I found Sustainababble.

Sustainababble is a weekly podcast about the environment, for and by the confused.

As of writing this post, Sustainababble podcast has released 224 episodes of which I have currently listened to about 5 or so episodes.

After listening just a few of the recent episodes it was quite apparent that the podcast was something special. Dave and Ol, who are the hosts of Sustainababble, try to break down many aspects of climate change and how to fight against it, in their very engaging, funny yet serious manner.

Every time I explore something great in the internet, be it a blog, a podcast or a book, I always make sure I reach out to the authors and let them know how much their content means to me and encourage them to keep up the good work.

I also reached out to Dave and Ol to let them know how I just recently discovered their podcast and will be going through their podcast archives in the near future. I also asked them to recommend on where to start my listening journey to which they kindly replied that they really found their groove for the podcast after episodes 23 or so.

In Sustainababble episode 199 - “Is it really green?” - Dave and Ol discuss many everyday activities you can do to make your life more eco-friendly with the author of the book “Is It Really Green: EveryDay Eco Dilemmas Answered”, Georgina Wilson-Powell.

This book is a great read about making small and simple everyday choices to fight against climate change.

Find the link to this book on Georgina’s website.

🌲   Conclusions

While getting started with fighting climate change might seem overwhelming, it really comes down to small and simple actions that take place in everyday life.

I wouldn’t feel so strongly about our planet, environment and fighting against climate change if it wasn’t for my already great appreciation for out nature, which I’ve built over many years of hiking, moving closer to nature and simply just loving the great biodiversity of our planet.

I’ll be taking more small actions going forward and continue covering the climate change and sustainability topics in my blog more going forward.

Stay green   🌿