I remember the good days where I could park in the city centre of Nottingham for as little as £45 a month which seems justifiable. It was until November 2018 the price increased by 22% which set the new price at £55 a month. There was no other choice but to accept these charges since I commute into the city. I was frustrated but at the same time I had to accept the changes especially the reason for this was to reduce pollution levels. The council once again increased the tariff by another 22% within nine months with the cost to park in the city set at £65 a month; that is £780 for the year. Stressed is not the word, I had to fund an extra £20 out of my own pocket without any salary increase. Improving air quality is something I stand for and wish for our beautiful world to be healthy again. Only until a realisation struck my mind; I’m a reason why we are losing the race to prevent global warming. I understand, the country is slowly making drastic measures to have zero emissions, especially in major cities. After careful consideration I thought maybe investing in an electric vehicle will be cheaper in the long run and helps myself reduce carbon footprint. It is the perfect investment, driving into London without any ULEZ worry, commuting into work without worrying about a car park charge or feeling guilty of emission levels. Researching into electric vehicles, both electric bikes and cars, I feel ashamed for not purchasing an electric previously. Purchasing an electric will not only save the environment but will help myself become cost efficient, I think it’s time to invest.
Enough is enough, from the burning of fossil fuels to waste production, our beautiful planet is dying! September 20th was the day the world celebrated its first global climate strike. Millions of students participated around the world during this protest focused on only one target; forcing global leaders to act preventing climate change. From London to Melbourne, New York to Berlin, Jakarta to Istanbul, millions of people joined forces in defence of the climate. This global protest is a start of a new era to end the burning of fossil fuels and begin the rise of zero emissions. Governments have agreed that mobilising stronger and more ambitious climate action is urgently required to achieve the goals of the Paris agreement but, most importantly to make the world a better place for the future generations. The result of the worldwide strike led to the United Nations proposing to push the climate action to the next stage. Enough talk, its time to make changes and adapt, everyone must find ways to reduce their carbon footprint and become eco-friendly. We are losing the race to avoid climate change but, this is a race we can win. Everybody has a role to secure a better future and avoid the worse of the climate crisis. The next step is up to us to make changes.