The Climate Lemon is a blog about the everyday politics of climate change.
My mission? To help my fellow millenials understand climate change, get past their sense of existential dread and join the climate action movement.
- Do you have a feeling the world is screwed up but don’t know why or what to do about it?
- Do you want to do something about climate change but just feel like you’re staring into the abyss every time you think about it, prompting a swift return to the ‘head in the sand’ technique. (The same technique you use for looming deadlines and the nagging feeling you should be excising instead of watching another Youtube video).
- Do you have a feeling the economy is rigged against you but not sure why or what would be better?
- Do you care about the environment but just can’t stand the way sustainable options seem to be harder and more expensive?
- Do you sometimes feel like there’s no point trying anyway because no one else is and it’s probably too late?
- Or do you actually try really hard and are just pissed off that no ones else seems to give a crap about the world?
I feel you. All of the above is either me, or my friends, or both.
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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.
Why I started this blog
I launched this blog in February 2017, as a New Year’s Resolution. I’d been thinking of starting a blog about climate politics for a long time. I’d been slowly researching and brainstorming and percolating for ages, yet got caught up in the busyness of life and… Kept on thinking about it and kicking it into the long grass. (You know how it is).
I think what made me snap into action was the election of Donald Trump as President of the USA. He famously claimed climate change is a “hoax” perpetrated by China. He 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 policy and climate science but science and “facts” in general. It really is extraordinary.
Considering the wealth, geopolitical power and carbon emissions of the USA, 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.
So that was the spark, but what was the fuel? As in, why had I been thinking about starting a climate blog any way?
Two key observations made me feel like I have something to add to the conversation:
1: Climate change is innately political – in the sense that it’s about power relations, human rights, injustice, culture, social norms, economic structures. To view it simply as an environmental problem with a technological solution is to miss the point entirely.
2: We need to get better at climate communication. People don’t really like to talk climate. When it comes up in casual conversation, my friends just say ‘we’re all fucked’, laugh nervously and change the subject. Can you relate? And I think part of this is the way 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 think it’s time for a fresh take.
Back to the lemons again – the reason I’m so motivated is because I truly believe climate action can make things better. This isn’t just about preserving the status quo from disaster. Let’s be honest – the status quo is crap. We can do better than this.
My name’s Tegan. I’m 25 and I really care about climate justice and sustainability. I’ve been writing about the environment in one way or another since 2011, but launched this blog in 2017. My day job is Communications Executive at CDP, an international environmental impact nonprofit which collects environmental data from companies and cities and uses it for research, released in the form reports, infographics, data visualisations and videos. On the side, I’m a member 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 (and salary) on shoddy over-priced trains. (Damn you, Southern Rail!).
Got comments, questions, tips or feedback? I’m all ears. Give me a shout.