Carbon Selections: ‘We have now unwittingly pushed world right into a local weather and wildlife disaster’, says former Perth profession changer
Michael Alexander talks to Perth journalist who turned environmentalist Neil Kitching on the environmental choices facing everyone in the world.
In a similar context, up to 180 world leaders and 30,000 delegates have descended on Glasgow’s Scottish Events Campus (SEC) this week at a United Nations international conference on climate change.
Prior to the Covid-19 epidemic, the 26th Party Conference, called COP26, was set up to create a global response to climate change.
The Glasgow conference is now expected to take place next year, in November 2021.
However, the unprecedented outbreak of the global epidemic did not stop the former Perth man from releasing a book he had prepared to coincide with the 2020 conference as the emergency is upon us and we certainly do not have time to be devastated.
Carbon Choices, former Perth Academy writer Neil Kitching, 53, is looking for “solutions” to our climate and environmental problems.
© Courtesy of Neil Kitchings Carbon choices by former Perth Neil Kitching
It discusses climate change, the “10 constraints that need to be addressed” and the answers to our daily lives – our homes, our travels, our food and our entertainment.
In his current career, Neil, a former accountant who transformed his career into a natural one, is an electrician working for a government firm that supports water and water technology companies.
But in his spare time, he was compelled to write the book to see if he could, in his own little way, “help people to change what is needed to prevent climate change and destroy wildlife”.
“From Scotland, where the 2021 World Summit is being held, Carbon Choices describes how one group of cohabiting animals emit 40 billion tons (40,000,000,000) annually, altering the atmosphere and the oceans, and stabilizing the environment and weapons the organisms we depend on, ”said Neil, a father of three married children, who lives in Dunblane.
“We have unwittingly led the world to climate change and wildlife as a result of arbitrary excavations and overdrinking – especially by rich people and countries.
“Carbon Choices focuses on the psychology that makes us buy more‘ things ’and whether this makes us happier.
“In summary, it outlines 10 frameworks that provide the basis for climate change mitigation solutions; and five principles that can guide us in making decisions.
“By applying these principles in our daily lives – our food, our homes, our travels, our shopping and leisure – we can reverse the environment and change our environment, making us healthier, happier and more fulfilling.
“This book concludes with a green action plan for government, business and the public to make the right choice for Air.”
Born and raised in Perth, Neil feels privileged to be raised in a family that enjoys traveling to and from the countryside.
He rode Munro (Ben Vorlich) first when he was five years old and enjoy cycling and visiting local areas.
© Courtesy of Neil Kitching Neil Kitching, author of Carbon Choices
After leaving Perth Academy, his foreign love led him to study geography at Edinburgh University.
Graduates of the global economy in the early 1990s and realizing that there were fewer ‘geography jobs’, studied to become an accountant with KPMG in London and, after a year at headquarters and five years in Sheffield, ended up working with Central Regional Council in Stirling.
However, while he did not resent the accounting or security that it brought, he realized that after almost 20 years “it had done him no good” and he wanted to return to his old desires to work for the environment.
Faced with the real challenges of changing the middle class with the family, he was in a high-paying job where he was able to get a job as a development worker with a government agency.
While his full-time career as an electrician was very satisfying, and realizing the growing weather pressures, he began to think about writing a book in his spare time that would help people make informed decisions.
Climate change critics outside the Scottish Parliament in 2019
He first decided to write the book after retirement.
But realizing that this may not be for 10 years or more, he saw that this was “delayed” as we now have a climate problem – and took advantage of the announcement that a United Nations climate change conference would be held in Glasgow in 2020 to implement the announcement.
In ensuring that the ideas in this manual are his own and the independent of his employers, he hopes that it will help businesses and consumers to persuade governments to enact appropriate legislation; encouraging businesses to give consumers better choices; as well as empowering people to better choose climate and wildlife.
“What irritates me is that people don’t really know about climate change, and most of all because they didn’t go to school, they didn’t go to university, they never went to work,” he said. He said.
“There are generations that don’t know the truth.
“Everyone knows a little bit, but when you do research you realize that they don’t know the basics which I think everyone should know because it’s one of the most important things these days.”
Josephine Becker, 21, was one of the members of Extinction Rebelli who called on the council to take action in Dundee in 2019
For example, Neil said many people are aware of carbon dioxide and how it affects climate change.
He knows about the power of electricity and gas at home and how it affects travel.
However, through his research, it is clear that people are unaware of the impact food has on food – food and agriculture contribute about 25% to climate change.
“The problem lies in what we eat – that’s what we buy,” he said.
“We buy goods from China and other countries which are detrimental to the quality of their products.
“It’s a bigger picture that people don’t know.
“They know about carbon dioxide but they don’t know about the methane that comes from cattle germination and the cultivation of rice in paddy fields as well as oil and gas in the North Sea. People don’t know that.”
© Shutterstock / Jussi Lindberg Cattle grazing
Asked if he did what he preached about living a green life, Neil admitted he was “not an angel” and did not claim to be.
He installed solar panels on his home more than 10 years ago, now he is buying oat milk instead of milk, he tries to buy what he needs to reduce waste and buy a second hand as much as possible.
But he admits that even though he bought a lot of “fuel” a few years ago, he didn’t buy the fuel because it was so expensive.
Nor is it vegan – even though they think people should give up meat and milk to reduce oxygen.
“I just think it’s very difficult because people haven’t been here yet,” he added.
“This is one of the messages in my book that people can change to some degree but we need to fix our machines. We need to pay our taxes correctly, our subsidies correctly, our social grants.
© PA The vehicle is refueled at the power station.
“It’s difficult to go and buy an electric car right now, which is probably $ 10,000 more than a gasoline.
“There are some things that will happen because technology has changed so much.
“We have shifted from relying on fossil fuels to power generation and this has only been achieved through a number of initiatives set by the government. The user did not notice any differences.
“I think the evolution of electric cars will happen and it will happen much sooner than anyone might think because electric cars give performance, good quality, take a long time, they need a little repair. This is coming, You can see it coming.
“But I think beyond that there are things that are hard to change.
“I’m going back to food and agriculture – which seeks to change the culture and the culture. I don’t see much happening.
“I know there are a lot of people who are menstruating but it’s not very common and I think they need all the education not only for students but also for adults and retirees.”
Neil said the key to the change in practice is for the government to enact appropriate legislation. Traders will respond and consumers will have better choices.
“That’s why this book is called Carbon Choices, because there are choices that have to be made.”
He hopes that the delay in COP26 will be “an opportunity for the USA to end its movement” as he was encouraged by China’s recent announcement that it wants “net zero” by 2060.
“Things are going politically,” he added.
© Offered 100 Years of Climate Change in the Alps
“Obviously Covid is difficult but I’m forced to change what no one could predict.
“It shows that we can change if we want to. We just choose not to.
“My expectation from the conference is that they will form a strong alliance – very easy!
“The agreement in Paris is good but it is too weak to change what is needed.”
· Neil Kitching Carbon options are now on sale at Amazon, Kindle and Meldrum Newsagent in Dunblane.