You are probably here because you are worried about what is happening to the natural environment, and the impact that will have on the future of your children, grandchildren and those that come after; or perhaps you just have a love of nature and want to protect and renew what is left. Whatever your reason for coming, you may be asking "what do I do next?", and in almost all cases, the answer is “find out as much as you can about the thing that concerns you”.
There is nothing more effective than a well reasoned and consistent argument, and nothing more frightening for a environmental skeptic than a campaigner with the facts at their fingertips. As well as this, information can give you confidence to go much further with your letter writing, networking, media campaigning, protesting - whatever you want to do. If you have time, read this short article to find out how powerful information can be.
At Green Seniors, we understand that most people who visit here are not climate scientists, physicists or oceanographers; but that does not mean that useful information is beyond the reach of these ordinary people who just want to make a positive difference. You have the information at your fingertips, and a few clicks of a mouse.
The sections on the right hand side contain links to web sites that have been specially chosen for their relevance to the Green Seniors ethos. The “Environmental Information” section should be the first stop for you. Hold your mouse pointer over each of the links to see what kind of information they lead to, and then click on the link to go there. If you are immediately put off by the presentation, then you might want to try something else first, but if you like what you see then spend some time there – read everything there is to offer, and you will be amazed what stays, and adds to the knowledge you already have.
The first place we would recommend would be the Open University. The Open University is a highly regarded education institution in the UK, and this particular site is a wonderful introduction to the subject of climate change - the Energy House is particularly useful.
If you want to look a bit closer at the science – and it’s well worth it – then try UNEP’s Vital Climate Graphics, particularly the Introduction To Climate Change. There are more links from Green Seniors for the statisticians and keen scientists amongst you.
But if you are going to change the way people think and behave, then it is essential to know what people can do themselves in the short, medium and long-term. This kind of information can make the difference between engaging people and making them think that what they do won’t make any difference. The link to An Inconvenient Truth will provide all sorts of information, but most useful are the What You Can Do pages. Simple things that individuals can choose to do at their own pace, and pass on to others.
We would also encourage you to look at the press, in particular magazines such as Scientific American, New Scientist, Discover and National Geographic, which almost always have articles related to both environmental damage, and environmental preservation.
With information comes knowledge, and with knowledge you can change the world. Good luck!