What can I do?

Like many, I came to the realization that climate change is an urgent problem much too late. While others were shouting warnings, organizing in NGOs, joining political parties, going vegan – I was wondering what I should study at university.

My “conversion” started during my PhD. While my topic (Astrophysics) was completely unrelated, more and more articles started popping up about ocean plastic, about climate change, about species at risk of extinction. Over time, it dawned on me that these problems are HUGE. And URGENT.

Once I knew – I couldn’t turn it off. I couldn’t unlearn what I had learned. Keep living my life as if everything was fine. Something had to be done. I (!!) had to do something!

But what?

The internet offers many answers: Take public transport! Avoid Plastic! Take cold showers! Buy less stuff! Eat less meat! Save energy! Do not fly!

While I do think these types of guidelines are valuable – they’ve always left me somewhat unsatisfied. Surely, that couldn’t be all.

In my quest for answers I’ve met many with the same question. The same unease about the looming problems. The same desire to do more. The same overwhelm at the realization how impossible it is to do everything right.

I don’t have all the answers – but I do have some. Together with my business partner, Chinmai Gupta, I founded heyImpact, a collection of small steps that lead to a big impact.

Our first initiative is a monthly podcast and blog called How to Make a Difference to give people easy, effective and actionable tools that empower them to maximise their impact in the fight against climate change.

It will be a collection of big and small steps that each of us can take to make a difference.

I welcome your suggestions, your feedback and your questions! Is there a specific area that you would like to learn about? That leaves you overwhelmed? Have you discovered a really cool product? Let me know!


3 thoughts on “What can I do?

  1. My suggestion is that the only way to solve climate change is to change our economic system. Capitalism encourages those at the top to disregard the damage they’re doing. A shortage of resources is not the problem. The way we distribute them is the problem. We have to replace capitalism, it will allow people to actually protect the environment.

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      1. Hi Martin. Capitalism is an economic system where the means of production are privately owned. (things like factories, businesses, real estate, and so on) The alternative is collective ownership- employees own the company together and basically operate as a democracy.

        In addition, you can add in other factors like housing as a human right. At the moment, we demand money for people to meet their basic needs, but I believe this is unethical. We have plenty of housing, food, and everything else. The reason people are homeless or hungry is because they don’t have money. I think in the future, people will look back and be shocked that we let others freeze to death on the streets because they lacked some arbitrary number of an item that literally only exists in our imagination.

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