As COP26 ends and world leaders return home, many climate activists are left disappointed and worried about what the future holds. Some of the world’s biggest producers of greenhouse gasses have refused to commit to the same deals as many other countries, instead opting to pledge to hit net-zero decades later.

Why is climate change accelerating?

The rate of climate change is accelerating due to a “domino” effect in many different parts of the world. For example, the rising average temperature of the globe has led to melting of the polar ice caps, which decreases the surface area available to reflect energy from the sun back into space, further increasing the rate at which the average temperature rises.

What is Net Zero?

Net Zero is the term used to describe the world when we no longer contribute to the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. To achieve Net Zero, we will need to drastically reduce the rate we produce greenhouse gasses by burning fossil fuels and halt deforestation.

Trees will play a crucial role in the battle against climate change in years to come, they are one of nature’s many ways of removing Co2 from the atmosphere. Because of how rapidly we have changed the planet, mother nature is going to need some help. Halting deforestation and planting trees that we have cut down will also play a key role in achieving net-zero.

How will Net Zero impact you?

Achieving Net Zero is not going to be easy. In the years to come, everybody will be impacted by a change in lifestyle, be it big or small. Eating less red meat and driving electric cars are likely to be the first large changes we will notice.

The UK government has already committed to banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, announcing a £20m fund to encourage the innovation of electrical vehicles.

They have also announced a £4m fund for electric water pumps to be fitted in place of traditional gas boilers. Electric water pumps have been proven to be environmentally friendly when compared to gas boilers, and in a lot of areas, more efficient too. Unfortunately, they are currently very expensive by comparison, and the fund is aimed to reduce the cost of installation.