I was asked to give evidence to the House Of Lords' Committee on Climate Change and the Environment in March 2022. During the two-hour session I was struck by how eager the members were to listen to me and my fellow experts and sometimes surprised.
Peers were seeking to understand how behaviour change from the public can have a role in achieving the Government’s net-zero goals. Their questions led to a lively discussion about what works and what doesn’t. For me it was also a chance to press home the need for a public information campaign as I've called for on numerous occasions.
Today I learned what it’s like to be at the centre of a Twitter storm.
“do gooders like Angela Terry believe it is her right to put sanctions in place for everyone else!”
“not all there are you really?”
“you have to be kidding..”
And frankly, much ruder comments I’m not going to repeat here.
The Great British Public are on it. They know we are racing towards climate catastrophe, but they need to know how to help pull on the brakes.
How do they cut through the noise and learn how to adapt to extreme weather that threatens homes and children’s futures? How do they learn which small lifestyle tweaks add up to meaningful change?
Count Us In is a community of people and organisations taking practical steps to protect what they love from climate change before it is too late.
My organization, One Home is a Count Us In founding partner and I am really excited about what we can achieve together.
A heatwave in October is unusual in the UK. A heatwave followed by an ex-hurricane and dangerous winds is bizarre. Yet that is the weather forecast for the weekend. Weird weather has become the norm. It makes for great conversations, photos and headlines but climate change is no laughing matter.
On the 18th of July 2017 a four-foot wall of water rushed through the tourist village of Coverack wrecking homes and businesses, just at the start of the crucial holiday season. Film footage showing an elderly couple rescued from their home by a helicopter was beamed around the world and was reminiscent of similar pictures taken at Boscastle when a flash flood destroyed their village in Cornwall.
The campaign slogan for International Women’s Day was Be Bold for Change and no bigger change is needed than to stop climate change: because no one wins in a warming world.
Women have always been at the forefront of the environmental movement. They may not always have high-profile roles but in terms of action, women are consistently the ones who turn out, volunteer, and make the difference.
Lists of gadgets pop-up frequently highlighting the best headphones, speakers and cameras. But how about buying gadgets that do good rather than just add to the clutter?
There are now a fantastic range of gadgets that are not only useful but cool, trendy and crucially benefit the Planet:
Trump does not believe in Global Warming. Yet, for the first time ever there is global consensus that urgent action is needed to stop burning fossil fuels. Even oil exporting countries like Saudi Arabia have signed the Paris Agreement… thus Trump’s position is entirely ridiculous and women, in particular, have the option to show the way forward.
Statistics tell us that people want to support clean energy and local food. Yet they remain a drop in the ocean in their contribution. Food and energy are key components of our lives and two of the rare commodities we are guaranteed to utilise on a daily basis.