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Thanks for stopping by. I hope you like it here.
The Climate Lemon is a fresh new blog about the everyday politics of climate change.
First, I guess I should introduce myself
My name is Tegan. I’m 24 and I care a lot about climate justice and sustainability. I’ve been writing about the environment in one way or another since 2011, but this blog is brand new. My day job is Communications Executive at CDP, an international nonprofit which collects data on corporate and city climate action and writes reports about it, mainly for savvy investors. On the side, I’m on the General Assembly of the Post Growth Institute, an international research, training and advocacy group that promotes ecological economics. I studied BA Environment and Media Studies at the University of Brighton. Like so many before me, I fell in love with this beautiful crazy city by the sea and am still here after graduating in 2015. I’m not planning on leaving any time soon, even though I spend most of my life on shoddy over-priced Southern Rail trains.
Now, about this blog…
What’s with the lemons?
You know the phrase ‘when life gives you lemons, make lemonade’? As Wikipedia so helpfully explains:
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is a proverbial phrase used to encourage optimism and a positive can-do attitude in the face of adversity or misfortune. Lemons suggest sourness or difficulty in life, while lemonade is a sweet drink.
I really like that saying. And I think it’s a good attitude for facing climate change. Climate change is undoubtedly horrifying – but if we do it right, addressing it will actually make the world much more fair, more healthy and more happy. There’s an epic opportunity nestled within the crisis. We need to have a positive can-do attitude in the face of adversity to grasp that opportunity.
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
When life gives you climate injustice, make an equitable post-carbon society.
It’s considerably harder than making lemonade, but also much more exciting.
A tenuous link, but okay. What’s the blog actually about?
As you can tell it’s about climate change. But that’s not all. It’s specifically about the everyday politics of climate change. By that I mean:
- How climate change is effecting our daily lives around the world
- What’s being done to build a post-carbon world
- The growing climate justice movement
- How climate change is shifting power relations
- Climate policy developments
- How climate issues relate to social equality in terms of race, gender, class etc
I’ve divided the blog roughly into eight themes:
- Human Rights
What kind of blog is this?
Although I’m constantly reading about climate issues, I actually have a major problem with how climate change is communicated. So often it’s either really technical, dry and scientific, or it’s really alarmist, terrifying and sensational. Often it’s elitist, judgemental or just depressing.
I want this blog to be different. I think it’s important to talk about climate in a clear, engaging and accessible way. I try to write in everyday language, as if I’m talking to a friend in the pub who is interested and intelligent but certainly not an expert. Jargon will be avoided, or at least explained.
And I think it’s crucial to strike a balance between climate crisis and climate action. I won’t shy away from the sour news on climate change (hey, I did name my blog after lemons) but I’ll also be quick to highlight and celebrate the progress that’s being made, discuss solutions and offer some hope that we can turn things around.
I’ve been thinking of starting a blog about climate politics for quite a long time now. I’ve been slowly researching and brainstorming and percolating for ages, yet have been caught up in the busyness of life and… Kept on thinking about it and kicking it into the long grass.
I think what made me snap into action was the election of Donald Trump as President of America, in the autumn of 2016. He has famously claimed climate change is a “hoax” perpetrated by China. He has stuffed his cabinet with climate deniers and even made the CEO of the world’s biggest oil firm Secretary of State. Since he took office he has launched a blistering attack on not only climate action and climate science but science and “facts” in general. It really is extraordinary.
Considering the wealth, geopolitical power and carbon emissions of the United States, this impacts everyone on Earth.
The rolling emergency of climate change has always been an important subject, and the new President of America’s insane stance on this issue merits immediate fight-back.
There’s never been a more important time to talk climate. This blog is my contribution to the resistance.
Who’s it for?
The obvious cop-out answer is: everyone who’s interested. Everyone who’s interested in climate, sustainability, politics, social issues, current affairs, building a better future… That kind of thing! More specifically, I think it would be of particular interest to: newbies to the subject who want to learn about climate issues; people who have a feeling the world is screwed up but don’t know why or what to do about it; students, activists and sustainability professionals who want to keep up with the climate news and see that they’re not alone. Politically speaking, you’re probably going to be socially liberal and left of centre to enjoy this blog. Unless you enjoy reading things that you disagree with, that is. And while people of all ages are very welcome, I’m particularly keen to target young people, simply because we have the most to lose and the most to gain from climate action.
Got comments, questions, tips or feedback? I’m all ears. Give me a shout.