We're on strike, both physically and virtually, on the 20th of September in support of the Global Student Strike for Climate. We'll be joining the march in Sydney and raising our revolutionary shovels in the air for the day across the digital front lines too. That means we won't be taking orders on our Australia-wide site (we do not control council sites so cannot enforce that for all councils) forgoing income to make a statement that this is not Business As Usual.
Why? We're living through the early stages of the Climate Crisis. Floods, fires, frequent freak weather events, drought. That's the reality. And its only the beginning.
If we don't radically change the way we feed, transport, clothe and shelter our societies in the next few years we're very likely to be unable to stop the resultant runaway atmospheric feedback loops we've already set in motion. That means many degrees warming, mass extinctions and eventually, civilisation's collapse.
That's the bad news, the good news is ... humans. We're at once the most destructive of all species, and the most creative. When we realise the need, we're capable of the most astounding feats. We may not be able to stop climate change from wreaking havoc on our planet now, but everything we do from now will reduce the damage.
This is one of the reasons we do what we do at the Compost Revolution. Every family that reduces its waste to landfill – instead nurturing their gardens, sequestering carbon into the soil, greening neighbourhood canopies and reducing their ecological impact by growing their own food, plays an important part in the fight to arrest the climate crisis.
We know that diversifying our food sources is critical to creating more resilient societies. And the best way to do that is to learn to grow food locally, at home and in our communities. Plus it tastes better! And it's reassuring knowing where your food comes from, and what went into it.
While the solutions to the Climate Crisis need to be at an appropriate scale, personal actions matter – every ocean is made of individual drops afterall – however in the time frame we have we need massive systemic change, which can only come from government action supported by the entirety of society. The kind of action we're seeing most often at the local level from councils such as those who support the Compost Revolution. We also see progress at teh state level but not nearly enough, while at the Federal level we're doing pretty much the exact opposite of what we should be doing.
We need action, and we need it now. I hope you can strike too and join the students (And the Lorax!) in the battle to save our future.